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Work to start on ‘Area of Reflection’

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20 OCT

Work to start on ‘Area of Reflection’

By timesecholife on in All News, Uttoxeter news

A LICENCE has been granted for work to start on creating an ‘Area of Reflection’ around Uttoxeter’s War Memorial. Uttoxeter Town Council debated the plans at a meeting on Tuesday, after receiving a letter from Staffordshire County Council warning the memorial plaque to Captain Bamford would be removed after this year’s period of Remembrance.

However, yesterday (Tuesday) the town council confirmed the county council had approved a licence which will allow the works to go ahead.

East Staffordshire Borough Council had previously approved a planning application for the memorial plaque, two benches and a soldier silhouette to create the ‘Area of Reflection’ around the War Memorial.

County Councillor for Uttoxeter, David Brookes, had suggested the area should be located elsewhere as the site of the memorial is classed as highway.

Uttoxeter Town Mayor, Clllr Sue McGarry said: “I am truly delighted that the council has been granted the Section 50 Licence. This will enable us to progress with the aspirations and the wishes of the residents for an Area of Reflection to be located adjacent to the Town War Memorial. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the residents of the town for their patience and wish to confirm that the town council has also received the permit to dig which will be passed on to council’s contractor.

“The clerk is liaising with the Royal British Legion who have kindly pledged to fund the purchase of the soldier silhouette structure to be on watch over the War Memorial together with one commemorative memorial bench. She is also liaising with a local family who expressed their wish to donate a second commemorative bench to be located adjacent to the striking WWI plaque kindly donated to the town by JCB. Over the coming weeks, the council will progress the Area of Reflection for the town.”

The Chair of the Uttoxeter Royal British Legion and town councillor, Philip Hudson said: “I am absolutely overwhelmed that we have this permission and wish to express my sincere thanks to everyone who showed their support for this wonderful token of appreciation in memory of all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.”

ESBC’s Cllr George Allen added: “Cllrs Sue McGarry and Phil Hudson have really pushed this and it is down to them that the memorial will now become an area of reflection. “The area has always suffered from a parking problem and this will now prevent any vehicles using the space which will be reserved for the community to reflect on residents of the town and surrounding areas who have given their lives for our country.”

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  • I read this as permission to temporarily erect something for Remembrance Day, a Section 50 Street Works Licence application is required when: A person or organisation wishes to place new apparatus UNDER publicly maintained highway, which includes verge, footway and carriageway. Tommies are temporarily erected in many places but must be taken down after a reasonable amount of time.
    Written by Philip Atkins, October 21, 2020 - Reply

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