Peace garden given the green light

Visualisation of the planned war memorial and peace garden proposed to mark the centenary of the First World War in South Ribble.

Visualisation of the planned war memorial and peace garden proposed to mark the centenary of the First World War in South Ribble.

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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, the development in Dandy Brook Park, off Watkin Lane, Lostock Hall, will be part of a series of ‘gateway’ public art structures.

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 sunken peace garden and surrounding turfed embankment was agreed on.

Coun Cliff Hughes, cabinet member for Strategic Planning and Housing, said: “The whole principal is superb.

“It’s a good place to have it – near St Catherine’s Hospice, near a very sprightly British Legion branch and on a significant entry to South Ribble – though there were some concerns that it’s by a busy roundabout and it might distract some drivers. But I don’t think that will be the case though.”

Coun Alan Ogilvie, the council’s Armed Forces Champion, said the agreement meant funding applications could now be made.

He said: “We’re about 90 per cent ready to apply for funding, and fingers crossed we will be able to implement the scheme in the second half of 2015.”

He added: “This is a very important monument, as it will help us all remember the sacrifices of the soldiers and their families.”

One letter of objection was received from a resident concerned the removal of trees would lessen the sound barrier.

Officers said trees would only be removed where the memorial will stand, and the metal would buffer noise.