Memorial and garden on hold

An artisit impression of what the memorial feature could look like
An artisit impression of what the memorial feature could look like
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Plans for a First World War memorial and peace garden due to go before a planning committee meeting were withdrawn at the last minute.

The proposals, submitted by South Ribble Council for land off Watkin Lane in Lostock Hall, were set to go before the council’s committee meeting on Wednesday last week.

But they were pulled when the council decided further consultation should be done.

Coun Phil Smith, South Ribble Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, leisure and healthy communities, said: “The application for a First World War memorial was withdrawn from the South Ribble planning committee agenda after councillors expressed a wish to carry out further consultation with both residents and Lancashire County Council’s highways team.”

The plans will now go before the next planning meeting.

The application had been recommended for approval.

The plans were put forward by the council’s regeneration team, which wants to create a “gateway” public art feature.

The project would be developed on council-owned land near the roundabout of Stanifield Lane, Farington Road, Lostock Lane and Watkin Lane, to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War next year.

The report, which was due to go before the council, stated: “An application has been submitted which requests permission to erect a sheet steel memorial with sunken peace garden and surrounding turfed embankment; ancillary ground works and landscaping measures are to be included. Details of silhouette style cut-out images are to be submitted at a later date following public consultation should permission be granted.”

One letter of objection has been submitted from a resident, who describes the memorial as being an ‘eyesore’.