Councillor whose father served for Indian Army launches campaign urging Greenwich council to restore and update war memorials

Councillor Drury jumping the fence at Plumstead to tidy up a memorial

Councillor Drury jumping the fence at Plumstead to tidy up a memorial

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

A parliamentary candidate whose father served in the Indian Army has today launched a campaign urging Greenwich Council to restore and update the borough’s war memorials.

Complimenting councillor for Eltham Spencer Drury’s proposal is a petition that residents are being asked to sign which will be delivered to Greenwich Council and the end of October to avoid the possibility of clashing with Remembrance Day.

Councillor Drury, who also proposes Greenwich Council’s Heritage Trust update the main memorials with names of those killed in conflicts since the First World War, said in a military borough such as Greenwich, war memorials are an important part of our heritage.

He said: “I am simply gutted that the Council has failed to restore the damage to our existing war memorials prior to the centenary of World War One despite myself and others pressuring them to do so for many years. I am determined not to let another year drift past without a proper commitment to restore and update them.”

The councillor also said he believes the monuments are not just historical but should also be relevant to future generations.

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2:42pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Virtual-Monster says...

Maybe Councillor Drury would like to tell us how the Council should fund the restorations and updates?

Maybe he would be willing to fund it from his own pocket?

Greenwich is in the midst of the worst financial cuts ever experienced and essential services are being savaged to meet the Governments stringent targets.

This guy is just another gobsh!te wannabee who is jumping on a populist subject matter to draw attention to himself and his pathetic political career.
Maybe Councillor Drury would like to tell us how the Council should fund the restorations and updates? Maybe he would be willing to fund it from his own pocket? Greenwich is in the midst of the worst financial cuts ever experienced and essential services are being savaged to meet the Governments stringent targets. This guy is just another gobsh!te wannabee who is jumping on a populist subject matter to draw attention to himself and his pathetic political career. Virtual-Monster
  • Score: 3

3:23pm Thu 4 Sep 14

sarfflondonbird says...

I agree with Virtual-Monsters comment however, as Greenwich is cash strapped like other boroughs thanks to the Connies, you could volunteer the crims that are doing community service to give the monuments and surround areas a good cleaning up: those on apprenticeships such as stonemasons as part of their training, could rebuild the monuments carefully supervised of course, and perhaps sign writers could be sponsored to add the names of the fallen to these ornaments giving them free advertising or something in return.
I agree with Virtual-Monsters comment however, as Greenwich is cash strapped like other boroughs thanks to the Connies, you could volunteer the crims that are doing community service to give the monuments and surround areas a good cleaning up: those on apprenticeships such as stonemasons as part of their training, could rebuild the monuments carefully supervised of course, and perhaps sign writers could be sponsored to add the names of the fallen to these ornaments giving them free advertising or something in return. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: -1

4:50pm Fri 5 Sep 14

goldenbroomboy says...

Worry about the living first.
Worry about the living first. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 2
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