Let renovation plan begin

First published in Readers' Letters

Following another Remembrance Sunday our sentiments have naturally been focused on war memorials.

Most war memorials have been with us for around 90 years and in many cases, the cracks, quite literally, are starting to show.

Back in 1923, the War Memorials (Local Authorities’ Powers) Act gave councils the power to spend public money on the upkeep of war memorials should they wish to do so. This legislation remains in force to this day.

My suggestion for a way forward is the creation of a national war memorial restoration fund, where Government money (i.e. from the taxpayers) is made available to councils to spend specifically on the maintenance and improvement of war memorials.

To be successful, Times Series readers need to make an easy link with such a campaign and history has provided a golden opportunity to do just that.

The 100th anniversary of the First World War will be upon us in August 2014 and will culminate in the centenary of the Armistice in November 2018 — a relevant deadline by which such an effort could come to fruition.

However, planning and decision-making needs to get underway now.

Let’s harness the outrage we express when war memorials are urinated upon, used as skate parks, sprayed with graffiti or have their plaques stolen.

Let’s remember in the best possible way all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by renovating our war memorials — which our forebears constructed in honour of those who died — to their original condition.

Please visit my website www.clean2018.moonfruit.com for details of my idea and sign my e-petition.

Ray Thompson
Brigg, North Lincolnshire

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