A COUNCIL has changed its plans to add names to a prominent war memorial following criticism.
Havant Borough Council submitted a listed building consent application to add names to the memorial outside St Faith’s Church, Havant.
Havant Civic Society and Friends of Havant Cemetery said some of the detail was wrong, not enough research had been done and not enough information – such as date of death and conflict – had been given.
The council said the plans were submitted following consultation with Historic England and they would not be changing.
However, following more criticism from the War Memorial Trust, which said the design of the new plaque would compromise the ‘elegance’ of the current one, the council has changed its plans.
The WMT said: ‘Consultee feedback suggests there remains considerable research to be undertaken into the names proposed to be added.
‘WMT would strongly advise that the opportunity to ensure the research is as robust as possible is taken.
‘WMT is unclear how much public consultation has been undertaken but would further advise that it would be sensible to provide a further reasonable consultation opportunity.’
Mayor of Havant. Councillor Leah Turner, said she has spent two years researching the names for the plaque which will honour all those from Havant who have died in conflicts since the Second World War.
She added: ‘It is my view that it is vital to include the conflict information, and we will continue to discuss this with English Heritage.
‘Sadly, there is no authoritative lists of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, therefore I have spent the past two years researching them in depth – this includes all the places that are mentioned in correspondence relating to the planning application.
‘There has also been a number of detailed articles in local newspapers and radio stations as well as local historians being heavily involved.’
The council said it had not yet contacted relatives of the fallen men to be named on the plaque – although The News was told previously they had been informed. If a council motion supports the plaque then those families will be contacted.