UPDATED: Wirral Council blasted for 'disgraceful' neglect of memorial to D-Day heroes

Wirral Globe: Wirral Council blasted for 'disgraceful' neglect of memorial to D-Day heroes Wirral Council blasted for 'disgraceful' neglect of memorial to D-Day heroes

D-Day anniversary commemorations were soured for many people in Wirral by council neglect of grassed areas around Hamilton Square’s memorial stones.

Alison Parker, from Upton said she and her family were “heartbroken” and “furious” after finding commemoration stones almost obscured by a tangle of overgrown grass.

Alison said: “The grass was up to our knees – it was totally disrespectful and as absolute disgrace. We go there every year and have never seen it like that before.”

The family had gone to Hamilton Square as a mark of respect to their Birkenhead-born forebear Les Parry who served in the Irish Guards at the Normandy landings..

Alison’s son Sam said they were “disgusted and shocked to find memorials in such a bad state.”

He added: “No effort had been made to keep the grass at bay. Other areas around the stone had been cut and this stuck out like a sore thumb.

“We found out this was the fault of the council’s gardening service and questioned why and how they could let this happen on such a poignant day.”

Senior Liberal Democrat councillor Stuart Kelly was equally critical.

He said: “I was appalled to visit the cenotaph at Hamilton Square to find they hadn’t even bothered to cut the grass around the memorial stones near to the cenotaph.

“This is totally unacceptable, particularly as many relatives and servicemen and women will have visited Hamilton Square to pay their respects during last week’s commemoration of the D-Day invasion.

“Wirral Council has let itself down badly with this shoddy display.”

A council spokesman said: “Between March and October, the grass in Hamilton Square is cut approximately every 12 days, however, we have not been able to mow these small areas of lawn by the cenotaph because they contain bulbs, and they need to remain uncut for a certain number of weeks following flowering, otherwise they would not flower as well next year.

"There was no intention to show lack of respect, and would like to apologise to anyone who was offended."

 

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3:04pm Mon 9 Jun 14

bigfoot says...

The Council reply will probably be redacted or hey will say 'not me Gov'

They should always remember that the sacrifice of individuals like Mr Parry and his comrades enabled the Council to act like dicks!
The Council reply will probably be redacted or hey will say 'not me Gov' They should always remember that the sacrifice of individuals like Mr Parry and his comrades enabled the Council to act like dicks! bigfoot
  • Score: 11

4:01pm Mon 9 Jun 14

ballacrain says...

They will blame Westminster and not their own shortcomings. This year marks one hundred years since the outbreak of the First War. Surely that area is going to used again and again during the next four years.
They will blame Westminster and not their own shortcomings. This year marks one hundred years since the outbreak of the First War. Surely that area is going to used again and again during the next four years. ballacrain
  • Score: 4

7:20pm Mon 9 Jun 14

uncatom says...

Sad it has been used to make political gain," Wirral Council has let its self down" is not Cllr Kelly a part of the said WBC ? it seems they wish to pick and choose what to highlight or distance themselves from, well Cllr Kelly you are all to blame, no doubt if jollies were involved there wouldn't have been a problem. Perhaps some of the deadwood that purport to represent us could take some time to take a stroll around and pass their concerns on to the relevant dept around the various anniversary times to make sure that these areas are presentable, sorry no they should be like that all of the time.

Lest we forget
Sad it has been used to make political gain," Wirral Council has let its self down" is not Cllr Kelly a part of the said WBC ? it seems they wish to pick and choose what to highlight or distance themselves from, well Cllr Kelly you are all to blame, no doubt if jollies were involved there wouldn't have been a problem. Perhaps some of the deadwood that purport to represent us could take some time to take a stroll around and pass their concerns on to the relevant dept around the various anniversary times to make sure that these areas are presentable, sorry no they should be like that all of the time. Lest we forget uncatom
  • Score: 5

8:48am Tue 10 Jun 14

Growl Tiger says...

If on the day cheesy nibbles, shrimp pasties and lashings of chilled Prosecco had been on offer in Birkenhead Town Hall you can bet the area would have been tidied for the arrival of “The Dignitaries” .
If on the day cheesy nibbles, shrimp pasties and lashings of chilled Prosecco had been on offer in Birkenhead Town Hall you can bet the area would have been tidied for the arrival of “The Dignitaries” . Growl Tiger
  • Score: 6

11:32am Wed 11 Jun 14

Growl Tiger says...

How lucky we are to have such a caring Council. The updated excuse about the bulbs must have been plucked (no pun intended) from the manual entitled “Lie and Blind them with Science”. The same manual as is used when they cut down perfectly healthy trees by claiming they are diseased or have suddenly become a health and safety issue.
How lucky we are to have such a caring Council. The updated excuse about the bulbs must have been plucked (no pun intended) from the manual entitled “Lie and Blind them with Science”. The same manual as is used when they cut down perfectly healthy trees by claiming they are diseased or have suddenly become a health and safety issue. Growl Tiger
  • Score: 2

10:24pm Wed 11 Jun 14

hobroW says...

uncatom wrote:
Sad it has been used to make political gain," Wirral Council has let its self down" is not Cllr Kelly a part of the said WBC ? it seems they wish to pick and choose what to highlight or distance themselves from, well Cllr Kelly you are all to blame, no doubt if jollies were involved there wouldn't have been a problem. Perhaps some of the deadwood that purport to represent us could take some time to take a stroll around and pass their concerns on to the relevant dept around the various anniversary times to make sure that these areas are presentable, sorry no they should be like that all of the time.

Lest we forget
Rather unfair as Cllr Kelly is not part of the cabinet that is in authority over the Council management, not is he likely whilst Labour is in power, ever to chair the environment committee which acts as a control over the council management of these duties.

Thank God he is willing to give quotes to the Globe per pro the opposition parties as his voice, those of his five colleagues and of the 21 Conservatives count for little within the council whilst it is under the depotism of the Labour 38 seats.
[quote][p][bold]uncatom[/bold] wrote: Sad it has been used to make political gain," Wirral Council has let its self down" is not Cllr Kelly a part of the said WBC ? it seems they wish to pick and choose what to highlight or distance themselves from, well Cllr Kelly you are all to blame, no doubt if jollies were involved there wouldn't have been a problem. Perhaps some of the deadwood that purport to represent us could take some time to take a stroll around and pass their concerns on to the relevant dept around the various anniversary times to make sure that these areas are presentable, sorry no they should be like that all of the time. Lest we forget[/p][/quote]Rather unfair as Cllr Kelly is not part of the cabinet that is in authority over the Council management, not is he likely whilst Labour is in power, ever to chair the environment committee which acts as a control over the council management of these duties. Thank God he is willing to give quotes to the Globe per pro the opposition parties as his voice, those of his five colleagues and of the 21 Conservatives count for little within the council whilst it is under the depotism of the Labour 38 seats. hobroW
  • Score: 1

11:55am Thu 12 Jun 14

Roadkill says...

"The grass was up to our knees" Really? How short are these people?
"The grass was up to our knees" Really? How short are these people? Roadkill
  • Score: 0

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