I have been contacted recently by some people, constituents and non constituents who have expressed their concerns over the relocation of the Moreton Cenotaph to Maryland Lane at the junction with Pasture Road.
As I understand it the British Legion sold the club and surrounding land to an individual/company two or three years ago. The club then re- opened trading as the Moreton Social Club, however that ceased trading some time ago and the property I believe is being offered for sale or may well have been sold.
If the Cenotaph had not been relocated, then this year it would not have been available on Remembrance Sunday for people to pay their respects to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
The relocation of the Cenotaph, which I believe is a Council asset was subject to a planning application earlier this year and the records show that there were no objections, and that is why it is now being relocated to a public location in Maryland Lane.
This public location will be available for people to pay their respects at any time of the day at any time of the year and I sincerely hope that will be of benefit and comfort, particularly to those who have suffered a loss in any conflict.
While I recognise and accept that some people are not happy with the new location the alternative of not having access to the Cenotaph would surely be a worse option.
As in previous years, I will be attending the service on November 8th, laying a wreath on behalf of the Council and I hope that the turnout will be as good, if not better than in previous years.