Denny memorial’s temporary home is supported

The war memorial will be moved to a temporary home for this year's Remembrance Sunday parade
The war memorial will be moved to a temporary home for this year's Remembrance Sunday parade

Plans for a temporary home for Denny’s war memorial got the thumbs up from people asked for their views in a consultation.

Plaques bearing the names of the town’s war dead will be moved to a new garden in the cemetery at Broompark Community Centre.

However, Falkirk Council officials listened to views and plan to triple the standing room space to allow up to 450 people to take part in next November’s annual Remembrance Sunday service.

They have also agreed to
increase pedestrian access to the memorial to accommodate parade members four abreast, as well as providing seating and bins.

A report to this week’s executive committee revealed 132 people replied to the public consultation with 110 “confirming general agreement”.

Rhona Geisler, director of development services, said there would be further consultation on the new memorial location which would take place during development of phase one of the town centre.

Denny War Memorial Group was set up in 2008 to bring together the council and other interested parties to come up with the design and location for the new cenotaph.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Councillor Dennis Goldie paid tribute to war veterans behind the group, particularly former councillor Jimmy Wilson.

He said: “Their efforts should be recognised. It is important to remember the fallen and they are working hard to do that.”

The councillor hit back at comments made in the consultation which said he had selected the site and not local people.

He added: “I object to suggestions that this council is showing disrespect. The location was put forward by the war memorial group which has put a lot of work into this.

“This is the most consulted on project that I have known since entering politics in 1980. It seems if some people don’t like the result they want to consult again. We have consulted and have the support to take this forward.”