Sutton war memorials to be renovated ahead of First World War centenary

The war memorial in Carshalton

The war memorial in Carshalton

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A specialist contractor is to start work restoring the borough's war memorials this month ahead of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War later this year.

Sutton Council has commissioned work to renovate the memorials in Honeywood Walk in Carshalton, Wallington Green, Malden Road in Cheam, Manor Park in Sutton, St Philip's Church in Worcester Park and the Belmont War memorial in Queens Road.

The work will be completed by mid-June in time for a programme of events to mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.

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Councillor Jill Whitehead said: "This year marks the centenary of the start of the First World War and will be a time for the whole nation to reflect upon the events that saw so many young people of that generation make the ultimate sacrifice.

"It is absolutely right that we ensure that our local war memorials are a fitting tribute to the fallen."

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4:22pm Mon 17 Mar 14

David7 says...

This is excellent news, but...

This comes from the council that threatened to reprimand a Conservative councillor, Tony Shields, in February, because he wanted to replace the tatty Union flag at the Cheam war memorial.

Call me a cynic, but has the council simply saved the glory for itself?

And hasn’t this money been available for quite some time now, while repairs have been delayed and delayed for years, despite repeated calls for action?

Is it possible that the LibDems have delayed this announcement to help their upcoming campaign in the local elections?

Would they be so cynical as to abuse the memories of those who gave their lives for our country for their own political ends? I think they deserve better.

What’s also interesting is that Carshalton Central LibDems posted the press release, word for word, on its website on 13 March – while the council’s press office only released the story today, 17 March. It is wrong that a the political party in power gets advance use of the information, and Cllr Pollock gives the copy his own byline.

Cynical? You might think so, but I couldn’t possibly comment.
This is excellent news, but... This comes from the council that threatened to reprimand a Conservative councillor, Tony Shields, in February, because he wanted to replace the tatty Union flag at the Cheam war memorial. Call me a cynic, but has the council simply saved the glory for itself? And hasn’t this money been available for quite some time now, while repairs have been delayed and delayed for years, despite repeated calls for action? Is it possible that the LibDems have delayed this announcement to help their upcoming campaign in the local elections? Would they be so cynical as to abuse the memories of those who gave their lives for our country for their own political ends? I think they deserve better. What’s also interesting is that Carshalton Central LibDems posted the press release, word for word, on its website on 13 March – while the council’s press office only released the story today, 17 March. It is wrong that a the political party in power gets advance use of the information, and Cllr Pollock gives the copy his own byline. Cynical? You might think so, but I couldn’t possibly comment. David7
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4:57pm Mon 17 Mar 14

David7 says...

Here’s a link to an earlier story.

http://bit.ly/1mdvbE
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Here’s a link to an earlier story. http://bit.ly/1mdvbE O David7
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