War veteran slams state of memorial

Michael Loxley-Harding at Eastbournes War Memorial roundabout which he complains has not been properly maintained. July 23rd 2013 E30144P
Michael Loxley-Harding at Eastbournes War Memorial roundabout which he complains has not been properly maintained. July 23rd 2013 E30144P

A war veteran has criticised the overgrown and unkempt state of the War Memorial roundabout in Eastbourne town centre.

Retired officer Michael Loxley-Harding says the roundabout in Cornfield Road is a ‘disgrace’ with dead plants and weeds which he says is an insult to the fallen and to those who have served their country.

Eastbourne Borough Council is responsible for the roundabout and says the perennial plants and grasses are not dead or overgrown but gone to seed.

But Mr Loxley-Harding, of Brightland Road, said, “The mayor and councillors are at the War Memorial every Remembrance Sunday to honour Eastbourne’s fallen in conflicts and yet in a holiday town, in the prime months of the year, this same Liberal Democrat -ed council allows this growth of dead plants and weeds which is an insult to the fallen and to those of us who have served. As a holiday town, it’s a total disgrace and those who allowed it to happen should be ashamed of themselves.

“Where, oh where, is the Eastbourne we used to know? The town where civic pride was such that it created a premier coastal holiday destination and a council which would most certainly have maintained the town’s War Memorial in a decorous state.”

A council spokesperson said, “The planting scheme on the memorial roundabout contains perennial plants and ornamental grasses and it has been in place for about four years. Much of Eastbourne’s planting is evolving to sustainable plants beneficial for bees, birds and butterflies and there are good examples within this scheme. The grass has yellowed during the current heatwave, which has also led to perennials flowering and going to seed. With rain, the area will be totally green again for Armistice Day.”