COMMUNITY organisations are joining forces to campaign for an 'Area of Reflection' in their town centre. Uttoxeter Town Council, the Uttoxeter branch of the Royal British Legion and the area's Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal are urging members of the public to support the incorporation of an 'Area of Reflection' adjacent to the Uttoxeter War Memorial. The campaign is starting with the launch of a 'Signatures of Support' petition which will be handed to Staffordshire County Council, and any other relevant authority.
The proposed ‘Area of Reflection’ would include reinstating, on a permanent basis, the World War One Centenary Commemorative plaque (as sited during November 2018) plus the siting of two memorial benches, the installation of a ‘Silent Soldier Silhouette’ and additional removable bollards being incorporated to stop the illegal parking in the Market Place.
Uttoxeter Town Mayor Alison Trenery said: “Following the overwhelming public support in the Autumn for the retention of the WW1 Centenary Commemorative Plaque, the council is in the process of submitting a planning application to East Staffordshire Borough Council for the plaque to be sited on a permanent basis.
“What better way to say ‘thank you’ to these brave people than to have an area of reflection within the town centre dedicated to their memory.”
The chairman of the Uttoxeter branch of the Royal British legion, Philip Hudson, said: “We fully support the reinstating of the WW1 plaque and the incorporation of an ‘area of reflection’.”
Uttoxeter Poppy Appeal Organiser Judith Leedham said: “This would be a great addition to the Market Place as well as a lasting memorial to the fallen.
“I am sure both locals and visitors to the town will appreciate somewhere to sit and rest and reflect on the loss of so many.”
Judith, who will be donated one of the memorial benches in memory of her husband Cyril who passed away last year, added: “Most towns and villages in France have these seating areas and are always well used.
“It is a great plan and I urge people to provide their signatures of support.”
The ‘Signatures of Support’ petition is available to sign, up until June 3, at various shops in Uttoxeter, as well as at the Town Hall in the High Street.
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