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Trim to enhance War Memorial

by jimforrest on 16 January, 2019

Work has started to trim the hedge around the eastern end of Stubbington War Memorial (the end nearest the Red Lion) to a height of about 3ft.

This will give better views of events such as the Armistice Service and the Christmas Carol Service, while the hedge at the western end will be kept at its present height to retain the atmosphere of the memorial itself as a tranquil place to pause and remember The Fallen.

The decision follows meetings Stubbington Lib Dem Councillor Jim Forrest and UKIP Councillor Carolyn Heneghan held with Fareham Council’s senior Streetscene officers.

The head of the Grounds team then attended a meeting of the Love Stubbington group to assess whether there was broad support for a lowering of the hedge. At that meeting it was supported by traders, church and community representatives and all local councillors.

The Liberal Democrat team had in the meantime sent a survey to all 6,000 homes in Stubbington and Hill Head seeking more detail of residents’ wishes.

So far we’ve received 113 responses (a high proportion when most replies were posted or hand-delivered).

These are the results (not expressed as percentages, as some people ticked more than one of the multiple choice boxes).

Should Stubbington War memorial be:

A place for quiet contemplation   35

A visible symbol of remembrance  68

Should the hedge be:

Kept at about head height  33

Pruned to waist height  52

Replaced with slower growing plants  13

Cleared for a few feet either side of the main entrances 36

Replaced with a chain fence   30

Would you favour crowd-funding to enable replacement:

Yes  57

No   37

Jim Forrest says: “The Grounds team have come up with a thoughtful solution which should give a good balance between the varying wishes of local people.

“The hedge will look stark for some months, which is unavoidable after pruning strong, mature laurel bushes, but the end result will enhance the village. I’m grateful for the time and understanding officers have given to this much-loved local landmark.”