Braintree: Widow continues fight for memorial bench to be returned

Debbie Wright where her late husband Barry's memorial bench used to be

Debbie Wright where her late husband Barry's memorial bench used to be

First published in News

A widow whose husband’s memorial bench was removed without her knowledge is prepared to take her fight to MPs and councillors.

Braintree Council took away the seat dedicated to Barry Wright in Derwent Way, Whitecourt, in November after residents complained to Great Notley Parish Council about antisocial behaviour from teenagers using it as a meeting place.

Parish council chairman Graham Butland, who is also district council leader, has suggested moving it to a play area or other location.

But Mrs Wright, 51, wants it reinstated near the bus stop in Derwent Way and would take the matter to full council if needs be and her MP.

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11:10am Thu 3 Jan 13

OMPITA [UK] says...

I wish Mrs Debbie Wright all the best of luck in getting the seat re-instated to its proper and rightful place.

What an absolute disgrace that we give in to these despicable little toe rags and allow them the dubious pleasure of having destroyed yet one more social facility. Put the seat back where it belongs and deal appropriately with any half-baked cretins so selfish and demented as to continue desecrating the memory of this gentleman.

Do we have no values left in our society? God help us!

I would like to repeat my comment made last November when this story first broke. Viz:

What a pusillanimous and utterly appalling response by Braintree Council.

The Bench was not the problem, nor indeed was the fact that it was being used as a meeting point. Indeed, I am sure that the benefactors who contributed to it in the first instance would have been delighted and comforted in the knowledge that it was being used in such a manner.

The problem was the anti-social behaviour of the brainless underclass who misused it for their own selfish purposes.

All the council have done is move the problem elsewhere. In their feeble minds the feckless ones will no doubt have already chalked this up as a success and will now be bolstered to go on and create ‘bigger and better’ mayhem in pastures new.

It’s time we got tough and meted out appropriate and effective deterrent punishment to these poor little misunderstood ‘darlings’ and gave them real cause to consider why they should not engage in such revolting activity which brings such unnecessary distress to decent law abiding citizens.

Will we never wake up?
I wish Mrs Debbie Wright all the best of luck in getting the seat re-instated to its proper and rightful place. What an absolute disgrace that we give in to these despicable little toe rags and allow them the dubious pleasure of having destroyed yet one more social facility. Put the seat back where it belongs and deal appropriately with any half-baked cretins so selfish and demented as to continue desecrating the memory of this gentleman. Do we have no values left in our society? God help us! I would like to repeat my comment made last November when this story first broke. Viz: What a pusillanimous and utterly appalling response by Braintree Council. The Bench was not the problem, nor indeed was the fact that it was being used as a meeting point. Indeed, I am sure that the benefactors who contributed to it in the first instance would have been delighted and comforted in the knowledge that it was being used in such a manner. The problem was the anti-social behaviour of the brainless underclass who misused it for their own selfish purposes. All the council have done is move the problem elsewhere. In their feeble minds the feckless ones will no doubt have already chalked this up as a success and will now be bolstered to go on and create ‘bigger and better’ mayhem in pastures new. It’s time we got tough and meted out appropriate and effective deterrent punishment to these poor little misunderstood ‘darlings’ and gave them real cause to consider why they should not engage in such revolting activity which brings such unnecessary distress to decent law abiding citizens. Will we never wake up? OMPITA [UK]
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12:41pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Bhudeeka says...

i agree totally OMPITA shame we cant move Butland to the middleof the ocean pompous pig
i agree totally OMPITA shame we cant move Butland to the middleof the ocean pompous pig Bhudeeka
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10:59am Fri 4 Jan 13

brain1 says...

Did this lady have permission to erect the seat in the first place?
If it is causing ASB what are the Police doing about bring the offenders to book (NOTHING)
This seat when it was erected was used by every one those waiting for a Bus and just those that wanted a rest.
It should be replaced ASAP on the same site
Did this lady have permission to erect the seat in the first place? If it is causing ASB what are the Police doing about bring the offenders to book (NOTHING) This seat when it was erected was used by every one those waiting for a Bus and just those that wanted a rest. It should be replaced ASAP on the same site brain1
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1:40pm Fri 4 Jan 13

OMPITA [UK] says...

Be careful where you are going with this one Brain 1.

Under the circumstances I hope no-one is contemplating troubling this poor lady with silly questions about planning permission, regardless of whether they be relevant or not. That is clearly not the substance of this story.

Anyway, the last thing we want to do is spark off some council mandarin with the idea that it would be a good idea to establish some sort of revenue earning penalty system for people leaving tributes to loved ones. I can just see it now, a new brand of wardens - sorry ‘Officers’ - who snoop around slapping penalty notices on floral tributes affixed to roadside structures marking the spots where sadly people have met their untimely demise.

Sixty-five quid, doubling to a hundred and thirty if not paid within 14 days; followed by the bailiffs taking your belongs after 3 months. That should do it don’t you think?
Be careful where you are going with this one Brain 1. Under the circumstances I hope no-one is contemplating troubling this poor lady with silly questions about planning permission, regardless of whether they be relevant or not. That is clearly not the substance of this story. Anyway, the last thing we want to do is spark off some council mandarin with the idea that it would be a good idea to establish some sort of revenue earning penalty system for people leaving tributes to loved ones. I can just see it now, a new brand of wardens - sorry ‘Officers’ - who snoop around slapping penalty notices on floral tributes affixed to roadside structures marking the spots where sadly people have met their untimely demise. Sixty-five quid, doubling to a hundred and thirty if not paid within 14 days; followed by the bailiffs taking your belongs after 3 months. That should do it don’t you think? OMPITA [UK]
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