When it meets on 11 July, Walsall Council’s new Cabinet will be considering a recommendation to fund the traffic management costs of existing Remembrance Day Parades. This follows a decision in 2016 by West Midlands Police to withdraw provision for temporary traffic management that is vital to the safety of the parades.
Parade organisers have had to raise their own funds to pay for traffic management of the parades with the Council contributing up to £1,000 towards the cost of each parade last year. The cabinet report to be presented is recommending that the offer to local communities be improved with traffic management being fully funded by Walsall Council. The council would also be responsible for procuring the traffic management contractor for existing Remembrance Day Parades.
Councillor Adrian Andrew, Deputy Leader of Walsall Council said:
“It is a pledge of this administration to remove the burden of fundraising for traffic management from our local communities - we feel that local fundraising should be used, where possible, to support veterans and their families. This is the very least we can do as a community to remember those people who have given their lives for the freedom that we have today.”
“With 2018 being the year that we commemorate the centenary of the Armistice which ended the First World War, all Cabinet members agreed that this change be considered immediately."
“Whilst event organisers would still have overall responsibility for their parades, with all traffic management being procured and funded by the Council, any concerns about whether parades can take place or not would be alleviated.”
“The parades bring communities together and, put simply, this just seems like the right thing to do.”