War memorial scheme is passed

An artist impression of the South Ribble Council war memorial
An artist impression of the South Ribble Council war memorial
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A new First World War monument and peace garden has moved a step closer, after plans were rubber stamped by council chiefs.

When built, South Ribble Council’s structure between Farington and Lostock Hall will be part of a series of ‘gateway’ public art structures in the borough.

Design proposals for the memorial were taken around the borough’s Neighbourhood Forums to see what the community wanted.

A 15m tall sheet steel memorial with a peace garden was agreed on, and it will be placed near the roundabout of Stanifield Lane, Farington Road, Watkin Lane and Lostock Lane.

Coun Alan Ogilvie, the council’s Armed Forces Champion, has said it is a “very poignant project”.

Coun Cliff Hughes, cabinet member for strategic planning and housing, added: “The whole principal is superb.

“It’s a good place to have it - near St Catherine’s Hospice, near a very spritely British Legion branch and on a significant entry to South Ribble.

“There is no timescale for the building of the monument, that depends on funding now.

“But hopefully now the plans have been agreed, it’s something that we can go to the Lottery fund with.”

Long-term plans indicate the peace garden can be linked to the hospice.