Site for historic clock is shameful
RECENTLY Ex-Conservative Councillor Tom Jones has written about Derry's Clock, which was banished to obscurity when the Royal Theatre was built in front of it.
He refutes my comments that it was his efforts that has kept the clock hidden.
What surprises me in his letter is his own words which are "That is despite a petition, of which I have no memory of it being served on me, with 20,000 signatures".
The petition was 23,000 and I find it unbelievable that he has no knowledge of a petition being raised about the clock being removed.
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This petition was raised by a remarkable lady who was severely disabled, Mrs Gee Pringle, who lived in Stoke. The petition was passed to the Council's Chief Executive officer's office.
The reason why Councillor Jones was responsible for Derry's Clock remaining where it is today, is that he was the only one associated with the Plymouth Council who spoke about the clock, and was dead against it being removed from its shameful site.
In the end the whole of the Plymouth council at that time had to make a decision about the clock being removed. One vote for the clock staying in obscurity against the votes on the petition.
That is why Mr Tom Jones, you are responsible for the shameful place the clock is now situated.
The present 57 councillors state they are now interested in culture. Perhaps they will honour the culture of Plymouth of 100 years ago, by again bringing into the limelight, Derry's Clock.
Plymouth is the only place in the world where its public clock is hidden behind another building. No thoughts of culture has been associated with this clock. Now is the time for the Council to show its interest in Plymouth's past history.