Councillors Approve New War Memorial For Hugh Town

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Smudge Smith wants to place a second war memorial in The Park

Hugh Town could get a new war memorial after planners granted permission at their meeting yesterday.

It’s the idea of Smudge Smith who’s organised fundraising and the Remembrance Day events for the Royal British Legion on the islands for years.

Smudge feels that less able-bodied islanders are finding it too difficult to get to the Old Town churchyard war memorial.

He’s applied to have a granite plinth erected in The Park, with a bronze plaque on top bearing the names of islanders who lost their lives defending the country.

And Smudge is hoping it will be in place before next summer, when the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War takes place.

Chief Planning Officer Craig Dryden felt it would provide an important community facility without doing any harm to the character of the area.

But there still needs to be some work done on the actual location.

Council Chair Amanda Martin said it could impede access to the pathway around The Park, and the proposed location on the north side was in front of a disused gate.

She says placing a granite block there would stop it from being used in the future and felt it would be better on the eastern edge where there’s more room.

Cllr Roy Duncan wanted to consider moving the existing memorial to a new location but was told that the committee could only look at the application that had been put before them.

And while some councillors felt there could be confusion with two memorials on St Mary’s, Cllr Christine Savill said The Park was already used each year as Garden of Remembrance and the new memorial was in keeping with that.

Councillors eventually voted in favour, subject to discussions on the final location.

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