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Planning permission granted for restoration of Shortlands’ war memorial

PUBLISHED: 15:19 18 April 2017

The scene of the crash in Shortlands. @Sammy_Selvage

The scene of the crash in Shortlands. @Sammy_Selvage

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The memorial was destroyed when a car ploughed into it last year

Planning permission was granted, last week, to restore a memorial which was destroyed last year.

The Shortlands’ war memorial, first unveiled in October 1921, was destroyed when a car ploughed through it on July 8.

Bromley Council have now also confirmed that the driver’s insurance company will cover the cost of restoring the memorial, which had more than 60 names of fallen soldiers written on it.

In its absence, residents crowded around a makeshift wooden memorial, where the original stood at the junction with Church Road adn Kingswood Road, for Remembrance Sunday last year.

All of the Celtic cross’ fragments are currently held at a council depot, and are expected to be used in the salvage operation which will use the existing plinth.

Though the council have said they are not in a position to say who will carry out the restoration, it is believed work will begin within the next three years under council legislation.

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