'Memorial will not move'

PUBLISHED: 12:30 05 December 2008 | UPDATED: 14:44 09 April 2010

EXMOUTH War Memorial will not be moved if plans to regenerate The Strand get the green light. There had been fears by campaigners that the memorial, which last week was given grade two listed status by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, could

EXMOUTH War Memorial will not be moved - if plans to regenerate The Strand get the green light. There had been fears by campaigners that the memorial, which last week was given grade two listed status by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, could be relocated. But Devon County Council, which is holding a public meeting tomorrow (Friday) followed by an exhibition at the town hall on three alternative regeneration plans for The Strand, has confirmed the memorial will not be affected. The options show alternative road layouts and gardens for a more pleasant town centre - and it is hoped pedestrianisation will boost trade. But, in a recent poll, many people wanted to see more outdoor entertainment, markets and events, the removal of the raised flower beds - but overall planting increased. A spokesman for the council said: "The listing of The Strand memorial will not affect the plans, and none of the plans we are proposing would require the moving of the memorial. "However, it is possible the raised flower beds could be moved." Exmouth War Memorial Fund spokesman Lionel Howell said there had been genuine concern that the memorial would be affected - especially following comments by the former chairman of Exmouth Royal British Legion. In July, Tom Harvey-May said some people believed the cross on top of the memorial could be offensive to other faiths. Mr Howell said: "It is great news that the memorial will not be moved. "For many people, the memorial is the grave of their fathers, grandfathers and uncles. "Unlike today, many bodies were never recovered in war. "I had an old lady in tears who was upset because she doesn't know where her relative's grave is because he went down on a ship. "The war memorial is the only place she has to visit.


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