A councillor’s anger over a messy war memorial has sparked a borough-wide review.
Coun Jeff Milburn says he was disgusted by the state of the war memorial on Front Street, Cleadon.
The memorial is a disgrace and disrespectful to our war heroes who fought for our country.Coun Jeff Milburn
Weeds have grown all over the grass area around the statue which honours the fallen, while rocks and pebbles had become dislodged and were adding to the overall mess.
Coun Milburn, the Conservative representative for Cleadon and East Boldon, said: “The memorial is an absolute disgrace and disrespectful to our war heroes who fought for our country.
“There’s weeds all over it and it looks a right mess. We should be taking pride in our memorials, not letting them go to ruin like this, it’s absolutely terrible.” Coun Milburn was also concerned about the height of weeds growing in nearby Sunnyside Lane.
He said: “Some of these weeds are so high now they’re at waist level, they need to be cut back and kept in check.
“The place is just growing wild.”
Council bosses have said that a review by contractors is now being carried out into all of the borough’s war memorials.
They say the areas around Sunnyside Lane in Cleadon village have also been treated with weed killer and 10 days must be left before they are then pulled out by workers.
Gary Kirsop, South Tyneside Homes, director of housing and area management, said: “Following an inquiry from Coun Jeff Milburn regarding the condition of the area around the war memorial in Cleadon, we have asked our contractors to review not only the Cleadon memorial but also the other memorials within the borough.”
He added: “With reference to weeds in Sunnyside Lane, those on footpaths and roads have been treated.
“As per recommendations, these are left a minimum of 10 days following spraying before they are taken out.
“Arrangements have now been made for these to be removed.”