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Roadside memorials and floral tributes

Roadside memorial and floral tributes information

WCC policy

Floral tributes will be permitted to remain for a maximum of 30 days (if there is no adverse effect on road safety) and will then be removed.

Site visits by mourners should be arranged in conjunction with the Police Family Liaison Officer.

Permanent memorials will not be permitted within the highway boundary. 

Further information 

The practice of placing floral tributes at the scene of a road death incident by bereaved relatives and friends is growing as is the desire to place permanent roadside memorials. There are serious road safety concerns over this practice. As accidents may have occurred where it is not safe to stop or walk on the carriageway, the act of placing a tribute by grieving mourners may create a potentially dangerous situation. Whilst not wishing to appear unsympathetic and apply a total ban on tributes and memorials, the Council wishes to minimise the risk to all road users while satisfying the needs of the bereaved.

It is proposed that site visits be arranged in conjunction with the Police Family Liaison Officer who can determine whether any traffic management is required. Floral tributes may be allowed to remain for up to 30 days after which they will be removed and disposed of by the Council. This assumes that the tributes themselves do not constitute a visibility or other hazard to road users. Any non floral items will be offered to the bereaved for retention.

Permanent memorials, whether in solid form or in the form of planting, create the same problems of safe access whether for repeat visits or maintenance. They may also create problems of visibility and distraction of motorists potentially leading to further tragedy. This authority  will not normally, therefore, give permission for the placing of any permanent memorial within the highway boundary.

Last updated Tuesday, 29th September 2015

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