Councillors back plan to honour war heroes

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COUNCILLORS have welcomed plans to give heroes from the First World War some recognition.

As previously reported, Portsmouth City Council could put a blue plaque on every road in the city named in honour of those who died during the conflict.

It would be done next year as part of the local authority’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary since the conflict began.

Councillor Donna Jones, Conservative group leader, said the idea could take off if different sources of funding are looked at.

‘It’s an excellent idea,’ she said. ‘We need to remember those who have given their lives for our freedom.

‘We need to look at contacting key, large-scale employers to see how they can sponsor the cost of the plaque for each individual street.

Cllr Aiden Gray, deputy Labour group leader, said: ‘I’d support anything that recognises people that fought for this city.

‘But we need to be careful about how this is funded. We need to work with the community and get funding for this.’

The proposal, which has been put forward by Cllr Mike Hancock, will be debated at a future cabinet meeting.