Have your say on jubilee memorial

MARCH residents are now being given a chance to have their say on how the town should mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee next year.

After coming under bitter attack for failing to consult the public before putting out to consultation two options for a memorial archway the Town Council has now drawn up a short list of five ideas - including an archway.

The ideas have been short-listed from suggestions submitted by the public and were unveiled in a press release issued this afternoon (Tuesday) by the council.

In the press release the council said it had received many good ideas on what the public would like to see implemented to commemorate the Queen’s 60 year reign.

Five suggestions have now been short-listed and people are being asked to vote for their preferred option.

Other ideas were muted but were rejected for a variety of reasons. Strong support was shown for re-instating the Fountain, but it was felt that this was an idea that could be visited at another time.

Voting is restricted to residents of March with a verifiable home address, and all responses must be in by Friday October 28.

The five options are:

A: Modern memorial arch to be sited adjacent to the Market Place or on West End Park subject to any planning issues that may be raised. This would be a permanent memorial relevant to the current era.

B: New Jubilee-themed railings along Elwyn Road adjacent to the River Nene to replace those of a poor standard approximately between the Market Place and the Tandoori Restaurant. This would provide an improved visual impact for both pedestrians and river users, and allow the bank to be maintained in a more efficient manner.

C: New colourful and attractive commemorative entrance signs into the town. These would replace the current drab signs and give a much improved image for residents and visitors alike.

D: A large memorial plaque to be sited in a position to be agreed at a later date. This again would be a permanent memorial but of a less substantial nature.

E: A Queen’s Jubilee Educational Scholarship. The principle for this is easily established but finer detail would be subject to consultation between March Town Council and educational experts such as the Principal of the Neale-Wade Community College.

Your views are welcomed – please respond by post to: Jubilee Ideas, March Town Council, March Town Hall, Market Place, March, PE15 9JF or by e-mailing: marchtowncouncil@btconnect.com