Council aims to go forward with memorial plans
PUBLISHED: 13:00 02 December 2010
DETERMINED members of Weston Town Council say they will press on with plans to build a memorial garden for babies and children – despite losing out in a televised bid worth £49,500.
The project was in the running for a People’s Millions grant, which was aired on ITV’s regional news last Thursday, but lost out to a scheme to restore a play area in Tewkesbury which was affected by flooding in 2007.
Councillor Ian Porter, the driving force behind the project, said: “We are very despondent, but the group will carry on and look for further funding from other sources and the garden may have to be created in stages.
“A lot of people wanted to go-ahead with it irrespective if we won or didn’t win.
“People put a lot of work into it and I don’t want to see the end of it.
“I still think it is a great project to go forward with and now is the time to sit down and see how we move forward.”
He congratulated the Tewkesbury scheme and thanked everyone who voted for the bid last week.
The project, which would see a memorial garden developed in Milton Road Cemetery, is expected to cost £62,000, and the council is now looking to secure funding from other sources.
Plans for the garden include a large stone memorial wall, an area for caskets and the scattering of ashes, and a small secluded garden featuring child oriented sculptures.
Cllr Porter added: “We are talking to the college to see if the sculpture side of the project can used as part of an arts course or qualification.
“Barnardo’s have approached us to be involved in the project and we are looking at the children becoming involved in the planting of the garden.”
If anybody is interested in helping the project ring development officer Zoe Clements or Cllr Porter on 01934 632575.