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.