Painswick war memorial hedge sparks village debate

St Mary's Church at Painswick (Photo: Derek Lightstone) The memorial is located within the St Mary's churchyard in the village

A letter to Painswick Parish Council about cutting back a hedge around the village's war memorial has sparked controversy among parishioners.

The memorial in St Mary's churchyard is shielded by 12ft-high (3.6m) hedges which hide it from the nearby A46.

Parish council chairman Tony Parker said the writer's concern was that the village should be proud of the memorial and that it ought to be on show.

But others, he said, argued it should remain a quiet place for contemplation.

The parish council now plans to canvas the opinions of villagers on whether the hedge should be lowered or not.

'Heavy traffic'

Mr Parker said although the memorial was "well-hidden" there was a good reason for this.

"On occasions like Armistice Day when there is heavy traffic passing up and down the road it makes it more difficult to hold a service here and to hear the minister speaking.

"We've had a request that the hedging should be 'considerably lowered' so it makes the memorial more visible from the main road.

"They believe we should be proud of the war memorial and that it shouldn't be hidden behind hedges.

"Those I've heard from so far say they prefer the seclusion of memorial as it is now.

"The parish council will listen to residents and make a decision as to whether there can be some lowering - or as one gentleman suggested - the front hedge removed so it is visible at least from the south."

The memorial is located within the St Mary's churchyard in the village.

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