Should Barnoldswick War Memorial be moved?

MOVE MEMORIAL: Barnoldswick Town Councillors wants residents' views
MOVE MEMORIAL: Barnoldswick Town Councillors wants residents' views

BARNOLDSWICK Town Council is to hold an official consultation over a proposal to move the War Memorial from its place in Wellhouse Road into the Memorial Gardens off Kelbrook Road.

Discussions have been ongoing at the Town Council and Pendle Council over recent months to decide how best to renovate the gardens in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in the summer.

And councillors have suggested the memorial would be a fitting centre-piece for the gardens, originally created in memory of those killed in the Second World War.

A separate group of volunteers has been working tirelessly to research the names of soldiers missing from the memorial, with the intention of having them added.

Town councillors agreed to await the result of the consultation before starting work on sprucing up the gardens, while the West Craven Committee requested Pendle Council’s Engineering and Special Projects manager report back with the cost of relocation and adding names.

The committee has already earmarked £8,000 for the project and councillors said they are confident with an amount from the town council and possible grants, the work could be completed on a reasonable budget.

In a report to the committee, Engineering and Special Projects Manager Peter Atkinson reported that a full renovation of the gardens could cost in excess of £40,000, but councillors said they would look at a more basic scheme.

Coun. David Whipp said: “The memorial was moved down to its current spot from Letcliffe Park to make it more accessible for residents and veterans and at the time placing it in the gardens was not an option because the loggia was there.

“Before the memorial was put in the town centre, the gardens were the venue for Remembrance Day services, so another advantage of moving the memorial in there would be the extra space it creates.”

The Town Council will formally consult on the issue as part of the Love Barnoldswick celebrations next week, using the marquee in the Town Square from Thursday to Saturday. Any comments and ideas will be welcomed.