Row breaks out over plans to relocate Denny war memorial

The annual Remembrance Day service will be moved from Church Walk as work continues to regenerate the area.

The annual Remembrance Day service will be moved from Church Walk as work continues to regenerate the area.

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A row has broken out over proposals to temporaily relocate Denny war memorial to allow demolition work to be carried out.

The Falkirk Herald reported last week that a decision had been made by Falkirk Council to move the plaques listing the town’s fallen from Church Walk, which is scheduled to be demolished, to outside the nearby Broompark Centre in Davies Row.

Members of Denny Community Council, the town’s heritage group, a veterans advisor to Falkirk Council and Denny councillor Brian McCabe have all since said that Broompark is not an appropriate location for the annual Remembrance Day service and have questioned why alternative sites were not put forward.

But this week Falkirk Council insisted Denny residents would be consulted on the proposal before any work is carried out.

A spokesman said: “We are committed to a temporary relocation, to ensure 
Remembrance Day services will continue and we have worked closely with local war veterans who are best placed to inform this process.

“This group unanimously put forward that the war memorial should be temporarily relocated at Broompark.

“It has been decided that this proposal will be put forward to the Denny community. Arrangements to undertake a consultation will be prepared in due course.”

Major Roy Robertson, a Denny resident and an advisor to Falkirk Council on veterans matters, said: “My own choice would be Anderson Park. It’s more suitable than Broompark.

“It annoys me that only one option has been presented. It’s being pushed by the council to fit their own particular vision of the town centre.”

John Sherry, a member of Denny Heritage Society, said: “I don’t think Falkirk Council wants the people of Denny to speak for themselves.”