£60k memorial to Hartlepool Bombardment gets green light

The site of the proposed new Bombardment memorial.
The site of the proposed new Bombardment memorial.

A NEW memorial to the Bombardment of Hartlepool will be erected on the Headland after planning permission was granted.

A 15ft granite plinth will be placed at the site of the Heugh Gun Battery that defended the town on the morning of December 16, 1914.

Hartlepool Borough Council is providing the monument at a cost of around £60,000.

It will be unveiled on the 100th anniversary of the bombardment as part of a day of commemorations.

Councillors on the authority’s planning committee unanimously agreed planning permission for the new addition.

Three sides of the granite finish monument will feature extracts of a painting by famous Hartlepool artist James Clark.

The fourth side will have a text panel describing the events on that day when the German Navy shelled the town killing scores of civilians.

A council report said: “The historic events within close proximity of this area, and the opening of the Heugh Gun Battery to visitors, results in this area particularly being a focal point, therefore the location of the memorial in this location grouped near other memorials would consolidate this position.”

A grassed area will be paved over to create a new setting for the memorial on Moor Terrace.

And a plaque about the Sebastopol Gun will be relocated close to the canon.

The report added: “The less than substantial harm that would be caused by installing paving, the relocation of the plaque and the subsequent erection of the memorial would be outweighed by the public benefits of the proposal.

“Those public benefits can be seen in the consolidation of the memorials within this part of the conservation area and the enhanced interpretation that would be provided commemorating the historic events that have helped shape this area.”

A whole day of events are planned to mark the 100th anniversary of the bombardment including parades, singing, the showing of a new film, poetry reading and performances from school children.