Jubilee short-list to be announced

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A SPORTS complex complete with playing fields and meeting hall, a fountain and a garden were among numerous ideas put forward by March residents as a way to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee next year.

March Town Council asked the public for their ideas after coming under criticism for only putting forward a choice of two archways as a way of marking the anniversary rather than asking residents for suggestions.

A special sub-committee was set up earlier this summer with Cllr Jan French as chairman to discuss the idea of a permanent memorial for the jubilee, which is where the archway suggestion originated.

But there was a major outcry as it was felt the council had ignored the public and just made a unilateral decision on what should be done.

As a result the public backlash he Town Council agreed to consult the public on suggestions,

And this week the sub committee is set to draw up a short list of five potential ideas which will go to November’s council meeting when members will make a final decision.

Town Clerk Clive Lemmon said there had been dozens of different ideas put forward including a sports complex, a fountain, the complete refurbishment of the Little London area of the town and a memorial garden.

He said obviously some of the ideas were impractical because of the cost but others were sensible and could be considered for the short-list, which will be announced later this week.