County council commits to Covid memorial

Essex County Council (ECC) has pledged to help create a permanent memorial to the victims of Covid-19.

As of October 2, a total of 1,415 people had died in Essex.

In an amended motion, ECC agreed to explore ways of creating a public memorial through public subscription or other means of funding.

The motion, passed at a meeting of full council on Tuesday (October 13), said: “This council recognises the enormous toll this current pandemic has had on every resident in Essex and the devastating loss of family members for many.

“Therefore, we are committed to exploring ways of creating a permanent memorial, or memorials across the county, to all those hundreds of residents in Essex, who have tragically lost their lives due to Coronavirus Covid-19.

“Such a memorial will ensure that those who have died from the virus will never be forgotten. [The] council therefore resolves that the chairman of the county council should consult with representatives of our public services and communities to explore ways of creating a public memorial through public subscription or other means of funding.”

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Piers Meyler

Local Democracy Reporter