Plea made to protect area’s war memorials

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A plea has been sounded for the many war memorials in East Lindsey to be ‘safeguarded for future generations’.

At a full meeting of the district council last Wednesday, Coun Jill Makinson-Sanders went on to query whether the authority’s planning policies were adequate to ensure sufficient protection.

Portfolio holder for economic regeneration and planning and member Coun Craig Leyland replied: “Eleven of the district’s war memorials are listed buildings in their own right, and any community can apply to English Heritage to have their war memorial considered for such a status.”

He added: “Approximately 69 per cent of East Lindsey’s war memorials are within ecclesiastical or other public buildings, and their protection would fall outside the scope of the planning system.”

The portfolio holder continued: “War memorials come in a variety of forms, including parks and buildings plus fixtures such as windows and doors; others are portable, such as Bible stands or seats.

“Some are community memorials, while others are personal memorials bestowed by families. Then there are the gravestones or additions to gravestones in cemeteries.”

He added: “ The means of addressing their protection into the future will vary, depending on the type and location of the memorial.”

Earlier this year, East Lindsey approved the extensive renovation of Alford’s 96-year-old, Grade II listed war memorial. It will see the central shaft replaced and lettering on the inscriptions repainted.