Sunday, 24 March 2013

Moving the memorial will ensure dignity

Steve Bax and Esher ward councillors have recruited a decorated local army veteran to help with a plan to move the war memorial to the centre of Esher Green.

We think public safety could be improved on Remembrance Sunday if people didn't have to stand in the road and services would be more dignified away from the passing traffic. So we have teamed up with John Handford OBE, a retired colonel from Esher to draw up plans and raise funds with a view to moving the memorial by 2014 - the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.

Mr Handford was with the Parachute Regiment and served in Afghanistan and Northern Ireland. He said: “I am driving this forward on behalf of our community who I know respect our Armed Forces and particularly those that have fallen over the years.”

The memorial will remain in the line of sight from Church Street and will not be enhanced or embellished.
Esher councillor David Archer has obtained a quote for £14,000 for the work and said the money will come from fundraising rather than the public purse.

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