Agenda item

Commemorations review outcomes and consultation approval

Decision:

*RESOLVED –

 

1.   That the findings from phase 1 of the commemorations review, and the work undertaken to develop a broader understanding of the borough’s monuments, statues, plaques and street names, be noted.

 

2.   That phase 2 of the review, including further public consultation to inform future commemoration activity, be commenced.

 

3.   That information on the Chesterfield Borough Council website regarding street naming and re-naming be improved, and that Derbyshire Building Control be requested to also review and improve information on their website.

 

4.   That Chesterfield Borough Council works with Derbyshire County Council and Chesterfield Civic Society to seek to improve the information listed about current and future blue plaques to provide more historical context and support educational opportunities.

 

REASON FOR DECISION

 

To improve access to information about current commemorations within Chesterfield Borough and to help to shape future plans.

Minutes:

The Service Director – Corporate presented a report on the findings of the commemorations review that had been undertaken to develop a broader understanding of the borough’s monuments, statues, plaques and street names.

 

In June 2020, the Leader made a commitment to review the appropriateness of commemorations on public land within Chesterfield Borough. As part of the review, residents were asked to identify any monuments, statues, plaques and street names that they would particularly like to be considered. Two street names were identified due to concerns about potential links to a British Crown colony, however the review revealed that it was most likely that the streets were named after a former Freeman of the Borough.

 

Phase 2 of the review would involve a public consultation on the potential for further commemorations including how best to commemorate key figures, organisations, historical events and communities. The review would also look at how to improve access to information about the monuments, statues, plaques and street names already in place across Chesterfield Borough.

 

*RESOLVED –

 

1.    That the findings from phase 1 of the commemorations review, and the work undertaken to develop a broader understanding of the borough’s monuments, statues, plaques and street names, be noted.

 

2.    That phase 2 of the review, including further public consultation to inform future commemoration activity, be commenced.

 

3.    That information on the Chesterfield Borough Council website regarding street naming and re-naming be improved, and that Derbyshire Building Control be requested to also review and improve information on their website.

 

4.    That Chesterfield Borough Council works with Derbyshire County Council and Chesterfield Civic Society to seek to improve the information listed about current and future blue plaques to provide more historical context and support educational opportunities.

 

REASON FOR DECISION

 

To improve access to information about current commemorations within Chesterfield Borough and to help to shape future plans.

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