The Committee considered a report on a
Memorial Policy for parks and other public open spaces.
The Head of Environmental Operations, in
presenting the report, drew the Committee’s attention to a
policy statement, set out in paragraph 1.1 of the recommendation,
requesting the Committee’s approval.
The Council receives an estimated six to ten
requests a year for memorials to be located in parks and open
spaces, including the City Centre.
Additionally, the Council sometimes receives requests for ashes to
be scattered in parks and open spaces.
To consider best practice and learn from
others, feedback from other local authorities on their approach was
detailed in Appendix 1 attached to the report. This benchmarking information has been used to
develop the Worcester City policy.
The preferred option was identified at
paragraph 3 of the report. Members were informed that a report will
be brought back to Committee during 2020-21 with the detail, once
the overarching policy had been agreed.
The Head of Environmental Operations responded
to questions from Members, in particular an option to allow for
ashes to be placed under a tree, which was to be considered. It was
also suggested that it may be worth finding out the County
Council’s approach with regard to Worcester Woods.
On being put to the vote the proposal was
RESOLVED: That the Committee:
1. agree the following policy
statement in relation to provision of memorials in parks and open
Wherever possible the
Council will support applications and assist in the provision of
sponsored Memorials in its parks and open spaces, subject to the
agreed guidance and fees and charges (memorials include benches
with plaques, trees and shrubs).
Scattering of ashes in
parks and open spaces is not deemed suitable as these are public
areas provided for leisure and recreation purposes;
2. agree that any Sponsored
memorial benches in Gheluvelt Park are
exclusively for ex-service personnel as detailed in paragraph
3. note that procedures for
implementing the policy, including terms and conditions and fees
and charges, will be reported to a later meeting of the Committee;
4. adopt the fees and charges
for memorials offered by the Bereavement Service as an interim
measure for 2020/21.