When plans to lay a commemorative World War II plaque were almost scuppered, Anglian Water stepped in to save the day.

A commemorative stone honouring the 75th anniversary of the Chapel Street Air Raid in Colchester has been unveiled today.

Plans for the memorial were almost halted as the correct permissions needed to be gained from the local Highways Agency to cordon off the road to lay the concrete base for the stone.  Only authorised utility companies can carry out construction work in a road.

The project to remember those who died in the air raid is being led by former MP for Colchester Sir Bob Russell, who appealed to Anglian Water for help to resolve the problem.

After hearing about the issue, Anglian Water and their contractors Balfour Beatty agreed to undertake the laying of the concrete base for the plaque for free, and gained the necessary permits from the Highways Agency.

Terry Kelly site manager from Balfour Beatty said: “When we heard about the problems laying the remembrance stone, we were only too happy to help. It’s a great way to remember an important part of Colchester’s history and we’re glad to help make the day a success.”


Posted by Anglian Water