I have learned yesterday that the Auchenitbber War Memorial is to soon be renovated by South Lanarkshire Council. The monument has been suffering in recent years due to heavy traffic and poor previous repairs.
Following a poll by Blantyre Telegraph in December 2016 (on behalf of SLC, Blantyre Community Council, Blantyre Project and various other residential stakeholders), people in Blantyre overwhelmingly voted for the World War I memorial to be renovated where it is, rather than completely rebuilt in the nearby Crematorium or elsewhere.
As a reminder, the results of the poll are attached and we provided a 2 page report to the Council for their consideration with this feedback. It appears the viewpoints of the most popular vote have been considered by the Council and now approved. The War Memorial, built in the early 1920s to remember 14 brave souls will be renovated where it is.
There was very little support for rebuilding the monument elsewhere in Auchentibber, or at the Crematorium. Contractors have been approached to submit tenders for the repair work. One local contractor told me yesterday, “It’s still not been decided who’s doing the work yet, but we remain hopeful.”
A decision and issue of the paperwork to the chosen contractor is due soon.
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Sidenote: John Boland Brown, (an inlaw of the Potter family) had earlier emigrated to Australia and being of good mining stock owned a mine there in New South Wales. He left behind property in Auchentibber known as Brown’s land, where James Potter lived. It was John Brown who sponsored the Potter family members to come to Australia, John Wilson Potter going out there first to his misfortunate timing, but some of the Potter family followed his example by emigrating in the 1920’s.