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Solihull Council agrees roadside tribute policy

FLOWERS left at the scene of fatal road accidents will be removed after six weeks, Solihull’s road chiefs have agreed.

FLOWERS left at the scene of fatal road accidents will be removed after six weeks, Solihull’s road chiefs have agreed.

The council has acknowledged that leaving tributes at the scene of a crash is often a great comfort to the bereaved relatives.

But the local authority has said it must also take into account the problems that can arise from memorials which remain at the roadside for months or even years.

These include the risk that the bouquets will distract drivers, and possibly cause further collisions, as well as the fact that some people living nearby find the constant reminder of the crash distressing.

Coun Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport and highways, has therefore agreed to allow flowers, soft toys and other tributes to remain for a fixed six week period.

Items taken from the roadside will be kept at Robin Hood or Woodlands Cemetery for a further six weeks if families want to collect them.

Coun Richards said: “This is a very sensitive issue and we have had to be extremely fair to all sides. I want to congratulate the officers for the work they have done.”

Lyndon councillor Ken Rushen (Lib Dem) said: “A very difficult situation arose in my own ward which took an awful lot of time and effort to resolve.

“I think actually, it may have been that matter which has precipitated this being brought forward.

“I hope that this new policy will prevent any similar distress being caused in future.”

 

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