Council says no thanks to 'below standard' animal memorial

Carlisle MP John Stevenson is meeting a community group that has raised funds for a memorial to animals that died during the world wars. But the council says the work isn't up to the standard it expected.

The City's MP is calling on them to rethink its decision.

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£10,000 war memorial sparks conflict

There's anger that Carlisle City Council has decided not to allow a specially-commissioned memorial to be erected in the city, despite previously granting planning permission.

The 'Animals in War' memorial group raised £10,000 for the granite sculpture which honours animals killed in conflict.

But the council says it wasn't consulted during the design process and the final product is not up to the standard required. Now the city's MP has stepped into the row and is urging the council to reconsider.

Kenny Toal reports.

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Council says memorial 'not up to standard'

"We spent a lot of time working with the group. Planning permission was then granted, we provided the site and agreed to adopt and insure the memorial.

Following on from discussions about the siting (and the Council looking to take responsibility) the commissioning of the work had gone ahead without our involvement and we then undertook further discussions to ensure the finished memorial met the standards required or match the images provided during the planning process.

The finished memorial didn’t come up to the standards required. We requested some modifications to the completed memorial and although some changes were made, requests to make further modifications were refused."

– Cllr Colin Glover, Carlisle City Council

'I'm disappointed, I think the people were disappointed'

Carlisle City Council has decided to pull out of plans to erect a memorial to animals that have lost their lives in conflict.

Fundraisers collected more than £10,000 to pay for this granite memorial. It was due to be erected on the city's Hardwick Circus. But the council says the work isn't up to the standard it expected.

The City's MP is calling on them to rethink its decision.

Funds raised for animal world war memorial

The memorial will pay tribute to animals that died during the world wars. Credit: PA

Carlisle MP John Stevenson is meeting a community group that has raised funds for a memorial to animals that died during the world wars.

A cheque handover is taking place at Wetheral Animal Refuge. The group has raised £10,000 and hope the Animal in War Memorial will be sited at Eastriggs.

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