By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated July 01, 2002 11:20 AM
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After five years of talking, the British government wants to see some action. Concerned by the pace at which a memorial to Princess Diana has been worked on, authorities have declared that plans must be in place by the end of August so construction can begin, reports the Associated Press. The committee to erect the memorial to the People’s Princess, who died in a 1997 Paris car crash, was established 17 months ago, and in that time, a competition was held to determine the form the memorial would take. The winner was a fountain located within Hyde Park in the center of London, near Diana’s home in Kensington — but delays in selecting a design caused the government to issue its ultimatum Monday, reports the AP. A spokesman for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport informed the news service that Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell has instructed officials sitting on the Royal Parks Agency to finalize plans by Aug. 31, which coincides with the fifth anniversary of Diana’s death. “It is deeply disappointing that, five years on, nothing has happened,” Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, 37, told the AP. “It is clear from the vast number of people who visit (the Spencer family estate of) Althorp, and the enormous amount of correspondence I receive, that there is a significant desire for a permanent memorial to my sister.”