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Father defiant over road memorial

Roadside memorial to Mark Storer
Mark Storer died in August 1992

A local authority says it will go ahead with its intention to remove roadside tributes and memorials to people killed in crashes.

But one bereaved father said if the poster erected in memory of his son was taken down, he would simply replace it.

Derbyshire County Council will consider banning permanent memorials amid concerns they could distract motorists.

Derek Storer, from Belper, who lost his son Mark in August 1992, said he was "very disappointed and quite angry".

'Remember me'

Mark Storer, 27, was killed when his motorbike collided with a lorry on the A6 near Cromford, Derbyshire. The road lay-out was subsequently changed in the light of his death.

Derek Storer said: "In our particular case, the sign we have up for Mark, the 'Remember me' sign, it's not standing out and shouting at people and there's been no further crashes at this spot since.

"I shall replace it again as soon as I know it's been removed because to us it's very special. That's where Mark had his last breath on this earth."

A report to be considered by county councillors on Tuesday recommends that Derbyshire bans permanent memorials.

Families would be allowed to leave flowers and other tributes for up to 12 weeks, but these would then be cleared away.

The council said 85% of people who filled out a questionnaire thought this was the right thing to do and 65% of others who wrote in were supportive.

Steve Cannon, of Derbyshire County Council, said: "What we need to do first of all is to try to talk to people, talk to the families and certainly our experience has been that when we've done that, that people have understood our position and in many cases they have co-operated and have removed the memorials that are there already."

When asked what would happen if people wanted the memorials to stay, he said: "We just need to deal with that on an individual case basis."

The council said it would review the policy in two years' time.

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