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Trees in honour of respected couple are in doubt over upset

Good Morning

I took the attached photograph in Hampden Park yesterday using a Sony Cybershot camera

The beautiful light beams coming through the trees coupled with a slight mist and frosty ground provided a perfect photo opportunity

I wondered if you might consider it suitable for inclusion in your newspaper

Kind Regards Phil Clements

Good Morning I took the attached photograph in Hampden Park yesterday using a Sony Cybershot camera The beautiful light beams coming through the trees coupled with a slight mist and frosty ground provided a perfect photo opportunity I wondered if you might consider it suitable for inclusion in your newspaper Kind Regards Phil Clements

Memorial trees to honour a former mayor and his wife may be set back over fears the plan could blight residents.

Former councillor, Jack Bastock passed away in December 2012 aged 89. His wife Muriel died just weeks later on January 4 2013.

And in a fitting tribute to the highly-respected pair, town councillors agreed to a memorial in honour of all they did for Kenilworth.

When Warwick District Council planned to plant four new trees along Albion Street, the place where Jack was born in 1923, councillors decided to get on board and contribute in honour of the couple.

The town council agreed to pay £540 towards costs of planting mature trees - two Amelanchier limarki and two Parrotia persica.

And £2,974 was put aside in the budget for the plans.

But Cllr Dave Shilton (Con, Parkhill), fears that the location of the trees may only cause problems for residents and cause more harm than good.

“These four will be in the square where Jack lived and there is a tree there already which residents want to come down as it blocks light.

“To add four more could only cause more upset and problems not to mention root damage for the houses in the future.

“We need to have a mark of respect but I wonder if we are doing the right thing.”

Alternative suggestions include for trees to go into the former pound in High Street - a site which Jack lived next door to and managed for some years.

But members were reminded that the trees were only chosen as a memorial as they were going in anyway.

Members will talk with officers at the district council to find a way around potential problems before they discuss other ideas to pay respects.

 

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