Friday, 18 August 2017

Makeover supported

PLANS to refurbish Whitchurch and Whitchurch Hill’s shared war memorial have won the backing of residents.

PLANS to refurbish Whitchurch and Whitchurch Hill’s shared war memorial have won the backing of residents.

Goring Heath and Whitchurch parish councils held separate consultations on the proposal and most respondents supported the idea in principle.

The monument at the top of High Street, Whitchurch, was built in 1920 and had a Celtic-style cross until this was snapped off by winds in 1989. It now bears a shorter, simpler cross.

Restoring the original design would cost £8,500 but this would rise to £19,000 if the approach path was restored, an information plaque was added and landscaping was carried out.

The councils have yet to decide how much to do and will meet soon to discuss funding options, such as applying for grants.



Goring Heath councillor Martin Wise, who came up with the idea, said: “We’re pretty satisfied that residents have been thoroughly consulted and everyone has had a chance to give their input.”

It’s hoped that the work could be finished by the centenary of the Armistice in November 2018.



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