Tesco offer money for war hero statue...if given planning permission

A SUPERMARKET giant has offered to donate thousands of pounds towards a statue commemorating a Walton war hero.

A group of Walton residents have been raising cash for a life-size statue of Private Herbert Columbine.

The former Walton resident died in the First World War, after staying at his post to keep enemies at bay while his fellow soldiers escaped.

He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross medal for his bravery.

Now residents want to raise £50,000 for the statue to remind people of his story and inspire future generations.

Tesco, which is hoping to build a new store in Walton, has offered to donate £18,000 to the fund.

They would also provide a space for it on the proposed site for the store, at the front of the Martello Caravan Camp site.

The statue would be placed at the entrance of the footbridge connecting Mill Lane with the store.

Michael Turner, who has been spearheading efforts for the Herbert Columbine Fund, said: “We're absolutely delighted to be offered the site and the contribution by Tesco.

“We hope it will raise the profile of the Herbert Columbine story and will help us raise the remaining £32,000 we need to make this dream a reality.”

The donation is conditional on Tesco being given planning permission for the store from Tendring Council.

It is due to be discussed at the planning meeting in December.

If permission is not granted Tesco said it would still like to help with the fund, but would have to find alternative ways to do so.

People can donate to the statue fund by calling 01255 677088 or emailing columbinefund@hotmail.co.uk

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11:12am Fri 18 Nov 11

DagnamDave says...

So now Tesco are stooping to bribery, don't you just love them ?.
So now Tesco are stooping to bribery, don't you just love them ?. DagnamDave
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11:39am Fri 18 Nov 11

cavillas says...

Every little bit helps, can't wait till a large Tesco arrive here at Walton. It's the only way the town will get a boost. The Mere project will just destroy the whole place. Come on Tesco. By the way briberyis one of those things that make local governments go round otherwise no planning applications would be passed. :)
Every little bit helps, can't wait till a large Tesco arrive here at Walton. It's the only way the town will get a boost. The Mere project will just destroy the whole place. Come on Tesco. By the way briberyis one of those things that make local governments go round otherwise no planning applications would be passed. :) cavillas
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2:50pm Fri 18 Nov 11

Balexan says...

It is even considered that buying a prospective client dinner is bribery now, and is against the law. So how is this any different?
I never thought i would see the day when someone would say that a supermarket gives a town a boost! I thought going out and doing things that make people enjoy life was a boost. Perhaps some people get a boost from shopping in a supermarket, times have definately changed!
It is even considered that buying a prospective client dinner is bribery now, and is against the law. So how is this any different? I never thought i would see the day when someone would say that a supermarket gives a town a boost! I thought going out and doing things that make people enjoy life was a boost. Perhaps some people get a boost from shopping in a supermarket, times have definately changed! Balexan
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1:39am Sat 19 Nov 11

Who said what says...

DagnamDave wrote:
So now Tesco are stooping to bribery, don't you just love them ?.
LOL dave,
now, if it was in `Nam, it`ll be nicked overnight....
ok, TDC has section 106 rules that will pay out much much more than a trifling £32 grand!
If its going ahead, take it as a gift for the community, It`ll be a focus for Waltons school children for many years, as school kids love a local hero!
Oh, and no, I neither live in Walton, nor am I working for Tescos.
IF, Walton does`nt want tescos, send `em to our green boggy field in "West Clacton"
it would be the greatest single first step in regeneration!
(and much easier for me to shop!)
[quote][p][bold]DagnamDave[/bold] wrote: So now Tesco are stooping to bribery, don't you just love them ?.[/p][/quote]LOL dave, now, if it was in `Nam, it`ll be nicked overnight.... ok, TDC has section 106 rules that will pay out much much more than a trifling £32 grand! If its going ahead, take it as a gift for the community, It`ll be a focus for Waltons school children for many years, as school kids love a local hero! Oh, and no, I neither live in Walton, nor am I working for Tescos. IF, Walton does`nt want tescos, send `em to our green boggy field in "West Clacton" it would be the greatest single first step in regeneration! (and much easier for me to shop!) Who said what
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