A PLAQUE is set to be installed on a seat or bench in New Milton town centre in memory of popular Big Issue seller Ed Sirani following calls for a special tribute.
Residents have been mourning the loss of Ed, a fixture in Station Road for more than a decade who died at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital on 20th September following a period of ill health.
As reported in the A&T, he was remembered for always having a smile and a caring word despite battling his own troubles.
Honoured by the Big Issue charity for his tireless support, he had in recent years been stationed outside McColl’s.
Monday’s virtual meeting of the town council’s amenities committee heard an outside wall of the store was suggested for a commemorative plaque.
Cllr Christine Ward also mooted a pavement plaque outside the store, saying she had seen similar tributes in other places, although chairman Cllr Geoffrey Blunden said this would be a matter for Hampshire County Council’s highways department.
But arguing that wall and floor plaques were usually reserved for “famous or significant people”, Cllr Steve Clarke believed a plaque on a suitable bench or seat would be more appropriate.
This idea was supported by fellow members including Cllrs Valya Schooling and Robert Murrow, and Cllr Blunden said the committee would look into it further.