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Lest we forget London's 5,000 war memorials

PUBLISHED: 19:07 29 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:55 05 October 2010

MOVES have begun to protect London's 5,000 war memorials, ranging from tiny plaques inside churches to obelisks, walls and even sports pavilions. Members of the London Assembly are looking into who is responsible for caring for them and whether they at risk' from development

MOVES have begun to protect London’s 5,000 war memorials, ranging from tiny plaques inside churches to obelisks, walls and even sports pavilions.

Members of the London Assembly are looking into who is responsible for caring for them and whether they at risk’ from development.

They want measures to maintain London’s memorials and assess whether the Mayor’s current planning powers are enough to protect them.

Local authorities have the power to use public money to care for war memorials, under the 1923 War Memorials Act, but are not actually obliged to do so, City Hall points out.

The investigation aims to clarify who is responsible and is also looking into reports that memorials have been ripped from buildings undergoing renovation and dumped in skips.

Assembly member Tony Arbour, who is leading the investigation, said: “War memorials are an important part of 0ur heritage and a link to our history.

“So we want to make sure they’re being properly looked after and protected, as they represent the sacrifices and contributions made by previous generations and those involved in current conflicts.”

The Assembly is appealing for contributions from the public, including photos and personal experiences, particularly relating to memorials that have been removed or destroyed.

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