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Monday, 21 June 2021

Bridgford Park Covid public memorial garden gets the green light

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Rushcliffe Borough Council Cabinet has published the decision.

The minutes of the meeting held on 8 June state:

The decision is for the creation a public memorial garden in Bridgford Park, West Bridgford as a shared place to commemorate people who have lost their lives in Rushcliffe due to the COVID-19 pandemic be approved.

Also part of the decision is the creation of a temporary art installation / display at Rushcliffe Arena to recognise the contribution that keyworkers, community groups and volunteers from across the Borough have made to the local pandemic response be approved.

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Both are subject to call-in by members but are expected to go ahead.

The council will also support other Rushcliffe town and parish councils with grants for commemoration schemes and bulbs for planting scheme ideas.

In citing the reason for its decision, the council said:

‘The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on Rushcliffe’s local population and economy, and the measures introduced to control transmission have resulted in an extended period of time where schools and businesses were closed, large proportions of those in employment were furloughed or changed to working from home, and there were significant changes to the design and delivery of public services.

‘There was also unprecedented disruption to community, recreational and cultural activities. By delivering a series of memorial activities, Rushcliffe Borough Council will support recognition of the impact of the virus on local communities, commemorating the loss but also celebrating the many individuals and groups who supported the pandemic response.’