I regret that we erected the Pc Edith Smith commemorative plaque before receiving official approval and would apologise to Coun Judy Stevens (Journal, November 14).
I had arranged to speak at the planning control meeting to explain the reasons but was unable at the last minute to get to the meeting.
The Civic Society had been approached by a film company making a 90-minute BBC film to be shown next year about 100 years of female policing. The company was making a round Britain tour to film and prepare interview material for the production and they particularly wanted to be present at the official unveiling of the plaque. To accommodate their schedule, I brought the unveiling forward and this was performed by our most senior policewoman, DCC Heather Roach, on October 19. The plaque was erected with the tacit, but of course unofficial, permission of SKDC officers. I felt that the publicity of the unveiling to be shown on national TV in 2015 was too good an opportunity to miss for Grantham. The film company did a number of interviews here and filmed street scenes but we shall have to wait until next year to see just what they made of us.
I am much relieved that all the councillors voted in favour of listed building consent that I submitted on September 4, but of course I did not allow sufficient time for the planning process. We did invite Pc Smith’s granddaughter to join us for the unveiling but she was unable to come, although we have asked her to be our guest in August next year to mark the 100th anniversary of her famous grandmother taking up her duties in Grantham.
Grantham Civic Society