A cenotaph by any other name...

Milton Keynes Councillor Isabella Fraser
Milton Keynes Councillor Isabella Fraser

CRITICS have rounded on The Rose saying a memorial to Britain’s war dead would have been more appropriate.

Councillor Isabella Fraser – who represents Campbell Park on Milton Keynes Council – said she had understood the original idea to be a monument to the country’s dead servicemen.

She said: “It is not a cenotaph, it is not a memorial to fallen servicemen.

“I find it almost offensive. The service our servicemen gave, keeping peace, going into dangerous places and yet we give them just one column. Ten million people have a call on the Royal British Legion roll. That sort of figure takes it all out of context from anything else.

“I feel the committee betrayed us. This was not what the original intention was.”

Campbell Park Parish Council also refused to back the scheme. Cenotaph Trust members John Moffoot and former mayor Debbie Brock presented The Rose to councillors in July, but, according to parish clerk Dominic Warner, the “council resolved not to support the project as it was. They felt it was not necessarily in line with its use as a cenotaph.”

And Liberal Democrat leader Councillor Sam Crooks, who praised the project as a ‘superb piece of art’ said it worked brilliantly as ‘a public memorial and celebration of MK’. But he added it does not fulfil the need for a war memorial to servicemen killed in recent conflicts such as Afghanistan and Iraq.

> What do you think? Is The Rose the right memorial for MK, or should it have been simply a war memorial?