North Lanarkshire councillors have chosen to have a single pandemic memorial installed in Motherwell’s Strathclyde Park rather than several smaller ones in various towns.
More than 2200 COVID-19 related deaths were recorded in North Lanarkshire between March 2020 and October 2022.In February, the environment and transport committee agreed to memorialise those who passed with a monument, believed to cost around £100,000, in Strathclyde Park created under the Remembering Together project run by Greenspace Scotland and the Scottish Government.
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He said that the proposed nine memorials, each costing around £11,000, would help challenge the perception that North Lanarkshire is “Motherwell -centric,” while allowing people to more easily participate in acts of remembrance.But this was opposed by Councillor Helen Loughran (Labour, Thorniewood) who argued that, while the council acknowledged the devastating impact of the pandemic on communities, it was more appropriate to erect a single monument.She said the design of the memorial