Frustration at wait for memorial bench

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Frustration at wait for memorial bench Frustration at wait for memorial bench

A FAMILY has spoken of their frustrated after months of waiting for a memorial bench in honour of chip shop owner Kieron Mealing.

Kelly Darling, of Barrack Lane, Dovercourt invited friends and loved ones to donate towards a bench on the town's seafront after the death of her father in January last year.

But since applying for one seven months ago she has only managed to get her name on a waiting list.

"It is very frustrating," Mrs Darling added. "They said they didn't know when we could get a bench.

"It's embarassing because people gave their money.

“I want them to know I am still persuing it and will persist in getting dad his bench to mark his life and remember him for the great inspirational person he once was."

Nick Turner, Tendring Council’s cabinet member for environment and coast protection, apologised for the length of time that Mrs Darling has had to wait for a site for a bench but said there is a long waiting list.

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12:15pm Mon 4 Feb 13

saywhatyousee says...

Wait your turn! Everyone on the list is as important to their families' memories as the others. Would not be nice to queue jump!
Wait your turn! Everyone on the list is as important to their families' memories as the others. Would not be nice to queue jump! saywhatyousee
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9:21am Tue 5 Feb 13

markdarling71 says...

The point being raised is not about jumping the queue! It's the amount of time being taken by TDC coming back to families wanting to have a bench to remember their loved ones.16 months and still counting is not acceptable
The point being raised is not about jumping the queue! It's the amount of time being taken by TDC coming back to families wanting to have a bench to remember their loved ones.16 months and still counting is not acceptable markdarling71
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7:45pm Tue 5 Feb 13

smokeyjoe,colchester says...

60 years for a bench to commemorate the victims of the 1953 floods. Got a long wait! Good luck!
60 years for a bench to commemorate the victims of the 1953 floods. Got a long wait! Good luck! smokeyjoe,colchester
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