Tony and Julie Fuller, of Green Street, Sunbury, planted a tree in Cedars Park after their only daughter Samantha died, aged 28. They wanted to pair it with a plaque …A lovely gesture, and one you see quite a lot in Britain’s parks. Trees or benches, little unobtrusive plaques marking a life well-lived, and thereby giving back something to the community.
… but are broken-hearted after being told the council would no longer allow memorial plaques because people had complained that they were depressing.I think of myself as fairly hardened and cynical, so it’s nice to know I can still be shocked. I suppose.
“I questioned it because they are all over the place, but they said ‘we don’t allow them now’.”Which makes no sense. If you are going to capitulate to these puling ninnies over future memorials, why are you not going around removing the existing ones?
Is it because you fear being lynched?
“I was talking to somebody in the park and she said she reads all these plaques saying that it’s nice that the family have done something. Who would complain?”Well, it seems there are a lot of people around whose desire never to see anything disturbing or uncomfortable is regarded as trumping everyone else’s freedom of action, but then, a better question would be, ‘Who on earth would even listen to such self-absorbed mewling, much less heed it?’
Step forward one Jackie Taylor:
Jackie Taylor, head of Streetscene at Spelthorne Borough Council, said: “Two or three years ago, and probably as a result of lots of complaints that we had, we decided we would stop allowing memorial plaques to remember people.Ah, of course. Because it's up to the council to allow things.
“At the end of the day our parks and open spaces are to be used by everybody and people don’t like that around every bench or tree there was another plaque remembering somebody who died.No, not 'people'. Just a handful of sad bastards that probably shouldn't be allowed out without a minder.
“We don’t have an issue with somebody planting a tree but it doesn’t have to be there with a plaque.
“The trees are there for the people to remember for themselves and we have done the same now with memorial plaques on benches.”I really don’t know who is worse, the sort of people that would take the time & trouble to complain about this, or the likes of you, who not only listen but agree, and so enable them to further the decline of politeness and respect in our society.
All the while sucking at the public teat as you do so…