The Princess Diana Memorial Garden being built in Swadlincote might not be unveiled until October, as a former councillor could also be remembered at the site.
Work on the £90,000 renovation of the Princess Diana Memorial Garden started on June 19, but councillors have now said that work could take longer as benches and plaques could also be installed to commemorate Councillor Roy Nutt. The money for the extra work has come from a local business owner.
At a meeting held at South Derbyshire District Council, councillors were told that the original tenders that were received for the work were over the set budget. New terms and conditions had to go back to the committee for approvals, which lead to further delays.
A document given to councillors at the meeting said: "There is an opportunity to include private funding from a local business owner in commemoration of Cllr Roy Nutt.
"This will contribute towards benches and plaques, which has resulted in a delay in ordering the benches."
A landscaped seating area will be created around a beech tree for residents to visit and remember the princess, who died 20 years ago this month. The garden will feature a poem written by local poet, Kevin Fegan, which remembers Princess Diana and the history of the area.
The redevelopment of the garden is part of a larger project aiming to further improve the town, as part of the Swadlincote Townscape Heritage Scheme.
The garden's history
The space was originally used by Sharpe's pottery as a clay hearth where the Sharpe family used to store their clay, leaving it to weather down in the open air prior to use.
Then in 1981 during a period of regeneration a small garden was created with a plaque to celebrate the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana – and officially revealed by Princess Anne who was in town to open the nearby Grove Hall.
The focus of the new Welcome Zone area, is the existing mature beech tree which shelters the space and is encircled by block paving which are sized in a way to give the illusion of rising out of the ground, reflecting the surrounding pottery kilns and the site's history as a pottery clay hearth.
Princess Diana visited Swadlincote in 1991, but when tragedy struck in the summer of 1997, the public used this space to lay flowers. A plaque was mounted in her memory and it is now known as the Diana, Princess of Wales, Memorial Garden.