Memorial proposed for Lincolnshire Regiment

The Royal Anglian & Royal Lincolnshire Association have submitted a planning application to build a war memorial on Sobraon Park, Cambrai Close.

The application proposes to have a three foot by six foot memorial built to honour the Lincolnshire Regiment (1880-1946) and, as it later became known, the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment (1946-1960).

The memorial would be positioned in the uphill park just behind the Sobraon Barracks off Burton Road.

At present, there is a small plinth with two large plaques with former barrack block names “Steinkirk” and “Maitland” engraved on them.

The plinth will be replaced by the new memorial, which will not only reuse the barrack block plaques, but eight windows containing the history, battle honours and battalions of the regiments.

The memorial design is inspired by the former Sobraon Barracks blocks, so will use red bricks with a lime mortar.

There will also be replica doorways added, containing the the motifs of both the regiments. The re-used plaques will be placed above these doorways.

The Head of Planning at the City of Lincoln Council has stated that a site visit concluded there were no effects on visual amenity, with local councillors giving the project full support.

The recommendation is to grant the memorial permission to go ahead, provided work begins before 2015 and also stick to the original planning proposal.

The application will go in front of the City of Lincoln Council Planning Committee on January 11 for consideration.