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Bid to protect war memorial site.

Published Wednesday, 03 September 2014

Enfield Council has applied to the organisation Fields In Trust to protect Chase Green and Cenotaph Gardens, which is adjacent and where the war memorial is located, from future development.

If the council is successful, Chase Green and Cenotaph Gardens will be awarded Fields in Trust Centenary Status and become Centenary Fields, preventing future development and making them eligible for government funding should it become available in the future.
 
The Centenary Fields programme is a national initiative led by Fields in Trust to mark the centenary of the start of World War One and delivered in partnership with the Royal British Legion to secure open spaces forever in memory of the millions of people who lost their lives during the conflict.  Enfield Council will continue to own the sites but Fields in Trust will act as a guarantor to protect the sites from future development.
 
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “World War One was a terrible conflict which devastated Europe and cost the lives of millions of people and it is only right that we mark their sacrifice, and remember the members of the armed forces from Enfield who gave their lives during this conflict, by applying to protect our war memorial and the adjacent green space in perpetuity.
 
“We should also be proud that Enfield was at the very centre of the war effort during the First World War and made a huge contribution to the final victory, our ancestors played a pivotal role in bringing peace to Europe a century ago and we are working to protect our war memorial sites so we can protect them so future generations can remember their heroism and heed the warnings of the past.”

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