TALKS are under way to create a memorial garden in West Dunbartonshire to honour those who lost – or risked – their lives during the coronavirus pandemic.

Councillors were informed at a virtual full council meeting on Thursday that discussions, as to how to recognise those affected by the pandemic, were ongoing.

It came after Labour councillor Daniel Lennie asked to create a memorial. He said: “I was wondering if it would be possible to create some sort of rock garden to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in this shocking pandemic that we faced.”

His colleague Councillor David McBride added: “We need to show our thanks to all the people who worked hard through the pandemic.

“I would also like to thank the members of my trade union through this pandemic with certain government departments and DWP making sure people were paid the benefits they were entitled to and furlough payments.

“They do not get the recognition they deserve, and I think that their contribution over the past few months should be noted.”

SNP councillor Diane Docherty agreed and asked for a discussion to take place on where the memorial garden should be.

Jonathan McColl, leader of the council, informed members that officers were already having discussions about this and councillors should be allowed to submit their views in due course.

Cllr McColl said: “It might be worthwhile for officers having a look at the best way to remember not only those who have lost their life but staff who have worked though this and the wider community.

“Once we reach our new normal, perhaps a report should come to council to allow elected members to have a discussion about the type of thing we would want to do.

“It’s not the sort of thing I would want to agree off the cuff at a meeting like this, but I think we should get some options and have a good discussion about it.”