Plan for war memorial moves one step nearer

First World War memorial set for land between Farington and Lostock Hall
First World War memorial set for land between Farington and Lostock Hall

An official planning application has now been put forward for a new First World War memorial near Leyland.

South Ribble Council’s regeneration team has drawn up plans for a centenary peace garden and monument to be created between Farington and Lostock Hall next year.

In planning documents, which will go before the planning committee in the coming weeks, it explains that the project will mark the 100-year anniversary of the First World War, and will include a mock-up trench wall.

The report reads: “The monument would be sited on an earth mound, which would be turfed and planted with sensory flowers including poppies.

“The monument itself is a large steel arc made of a material called corten, which will weather to look like wood/copper, but be durable and weather-resistant.”

The idea came from the Central My Neighbourhood Forum, and it is proposed that the project be created near the roundabout of Stanifield Lane, Farington Road,Lostock Lane and Watkin Lane, which carries more than 40,000 vehicles each day.

The report adds: “The design of the arc will be of ‘cut out’ images relating to WWI and will represent local community and business involvement. The selection of images will be guided by public opinion.

“The arc will effectively have two viewing sides; from the roadside and from the centenary garden.”

It adds: “The centenary garden will consist of sensory planting, seating area, and footpaths bordered by landscaping which forms a facsimile of a WWI trench wall.

“The trench wall will be constructed using timber sleepers topped by sandbags in gabions. It has duel purpose - as attractive and interesting landscaping, and as a surface to carry commemorative messages such as plaques.”