Poole Borough Council have refused to allow a bench repaired by Royal Marines to be returned to the location which it was sited for fifteen years. The bench, which commemorated the life of Corporal Ian Plank, was restored by friends of the soldier and a plaque added to it. The council has rejected it as another bench has already replaced it and the original no longer meets the council’s specifications for benches.
Plank, a member of the Special Boat Squadron, was killed in Iraq in 2003 and the bench was placed on Poole seafront to commemorate his life and bravery Elizabeth Plank, the soldier’s mother, said to the Bournemouth Echo:
“Ian’s friends in the Marines restored the bench with all the best intentions. When I found out, they apologised profusely. They wanted it to be done before Remembrance Sunday. They renovated the bench quite beautifully and even got a nice engraved plaque for it. I cannot understand why the council is reluctant for the original bench to go back in its rightful place where it has been for the last 15 years”.
The newspaper reported that Kate Langdown, head of services at Poole Council, said that the bench should be retained by the Royal Marines in their barracks.