Plans for Raploch War Memorial set to be unveiled in public consultation
A public consultation on plans for a war memorial in Raploch will take place later this month – after nearly two years of talks.
Proposals for the permanent memorial to the dead were dreamed up by local pensioner Mick Lowe, but the impact of the Covid pandemic has forced a slowdown, with planning permission proving the final hurdle.
However, with community efforts to bring the memorial to life, residents will have the chance to review the plans at the Raploch Community Campus on January 27 and 28 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Raploch Community Council Chairman Steph Lee said: ‘It’s obviously been a bit of a stop-start process over the past two years. There were lots of phone calls and we had great partnerships with local groups including Raploch Community Partnership, St Mark’s and St Margaret’s, Stirling Council and the Salvation Army.
“Robertson Construction also wants to leave a legacy after leaving the area, so they offered advice on building permits and design and that was invaluable.
“We have been helped by mason and designer Derek Main of Aberuthven in Perthshire and he offers maintenance every year.
“We really have everything in place and we can start raising funds, but the main problem is the building permit.
“The consultation is really an opportunity for local people to express themselves and see what they think.”
The project was born after pensioner Mick began researching soldiers to find out more about his father John, who died in 1948 after being a prisoner of war during World War II.
Mick discovered a total of 68 soldiers who died in WWII in Raploch – with a clamor to erect a permanent monument to their memory.
Steph believes working on the memorial has also helped community members during the Covid-19 lockdown isolation.
He said: “It was great to see the community come together; it was a bit of a lightbulb moment to ask why we didn’t already have one here.
“Lots of other places have it so we realized Raploch should have it. It will look great in the village square next to campus. It’s not just an educational point for kids, it will also serve as a gathering point for memorial services, as it is important to remember the people who made Raploch’s ultimate sacrifice.