Proposals for memorial to honour late Queen agreed in principle by Leighton-Linslade Town Council

Tree planting or water feature most popular suggestions to come from public survey
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Plans to erect a permanent memorial to the late Queen Elizabeth II have been approved in principle by Leighton-Linslade Town Council.

The top three suggestions for a memorial following a residents’ survey included tree planting, a water feature or fountain, or the naming of land or a building.

The residents’ survey to gauge public opinion about a potential memorial and to identify a prominent position for the siting of any memorial, was proposed at a council meeting in November.

A memorial dedicated to the late Queen Elizabeth II has been approved in principleA memorial dedicated to the late Queen Elizabeth II has been approved in principle
A memorial dedicated to the late Queen Elizabeth II has been approved in principle

The council also agreed to investigate available funding sources, in particular public sponsorship, to cover the cost.

The survey received a total of 166 responses with 107 people stating they were in favour of a memorial while 41 were against the idea. A total of 118 respondents stated a preference regarding the type of memorial, including one suggesting a corgi statue.

Four main suggestions put forward to the council included planting two well-established trees, one in Leighton Buzzard and one in Linslade at a cost of £1,200 and the planting of a rose bed or creating a garden, possibly at Parson’s Close Recreation Ground, at cost of £500.

Other suggestions included officially naming the bandstand in Parson’s Close Recreation Ground as the ‘Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Bandstand’, at a cost of £500, or erecting public art/ street furniture, possibly a Queen Elizabeth II memorial bench, in one of the public parks, at a cost of £1,500.

Feedback from the survey also included creating shade in the recreation ground, a community hall, something relating to the Narrow Gauge Railway, with 29 people saying they felt public money would be better spent on providing vital services or projects such as a health hub.

The proposals were accepted as one of the last acts of the council’s four-year administration prior to the forthcoming elections.

A spokesman said: “The council is happy with the idea of a memorial in principle. We’re supportive, and it’s upbeat and positive but we’ll have to bring it back for officers in the new administration to do more work.”

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