Council’s apology on cenotaph closure

High Peak Borough Councillor Godfrey Claff. Photo contributed.
High Peak Borough Councillor Godfrey Claff. Photo contributed.

High Peak Borough Council has apologised to Whaley Bridge residents left disappointed because the town’s cenotaph will not be available for use on Remembrance Sunday for the second consecutive year.

Refurbishment work at Whaley Bridge Memorial Park means the cenotaph cannot form part of the commemoration services next month, leaving councillors, local residents and the town’s Royal British Legion branch up in arms.

Cllr Godfrey Claff, High Peak Borough Council executive member with responsibility for parks, said: “I would like to apologise to those members of the community that are upset at not being able to access the cenotaph this year.

“I can assure residents that we fully appreciate the importance of the memorial and that the decision to close this area of the park this year has not been taken lightly.”

Members of Whaley Bridge Town Council were left furious after learning about the issue and have been in regular correspondence with the borough council to try and get the works put back.

And at their meeting last week, councillors slammed the authority for the lack of communication about the situation.

“I have become more and more aghast at how long this is taking and how little communication there has been,” Cllr Susanne Lomas said.