Thousands of protesters have called on Bolton Council to abandon plans to remove roadside memorials, according to a local news report.
An online protest against its decision to remove tributes after 30 days has attracted more than 2,500 supporters in just two days.
Zena Bate, whose sister Carla was killed by a drink-driver in 2004, set up the Keep Our Road Side Memorials page on social networking site Facebook.
She said: “I couldn’t believe it when my mum said the council wanted to remove Carla’s picture and the bows. I had to do something but I never expected so many people to join the group in such a short space of time.
“I think that we need to sit down with the council because we cannot see why, after five years, they suddenly want to start removing the tributes.”
The council wants to removed memorials after 30 days and place a permanent memorial in a special area in Queens Park, Bolton.
More than 1,000 people took part in a public consultation over the new policy. More than 80% of respondents either agreed or strongly agreed that memorials causing a risk to safety should be removed by the council.
A council spokesman said: “We are aware that the removal of roadside tributes is a sensitive issue, but we must balance the needs of the grieving
families with the needs of the residents who live around the sites of these tributes.
“We are also aware that the families placing these tributes often put themselves in danger and our responsibility is to prevent any further accidents on the highways.”
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