Grantham Journal letter: Apologies for haste but intention was good

At the unveiling of the blue plaque to Edith Smith are, from left, deputy chief constable Heather Roach, Mayor of Grantham Anita Selby, Mayor of Grantham Ian Selby and Courtney Finn of Grantham Civic Society. Photo: 0269B EMN-141119-090525001
At the unveiling of the blue plaque to Edith Smith are, from left, deputy chief constable Heather Roach, Mayor of Grantham Anita Selby, Mayor of Grantham Ian Selby and Courtney Finn of Grantham Civic Society. Photo: 0269B EMN-141119-090525001
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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.

Blue plaque to Edith Smith in Edith Smith Way Grantham. EMN-141119-090514001

Blue plaque to Edith Smith in Edith Smith Way Grantham. EMN-141119-090514001

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.

Courtney Finn

Grantham Civic Society