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MARCH TOWN CENTRE PLAN: 'Where were the shopping trolleys, litter and pigeons!'


Reading the story in last week’s Citizen, about ‘Town Centre Transformation’ was like a breath of spring, ie April 1... before noon.

The artist’s impression fulfilled every expectation. The sun shining in the sky, north of the fountain – that’s a first!

An artist's plan of the future Broad Street. (42786486)
An artist's plan of the future Broad Street. (42786486)

It cannot be the moon, to be there would be 11pm in December.

The 31 citizens are thronging Broad Street, people sitting around in shirtsleeves.

A token mobility scooter lurks in the region of ‘Thing-Me-Bobs’.

The elderly, myself included, dogs and pigeons have been totally airbrushed out of the picture.

Shopping trolleys and litter are things of the past. Not a bus or delivery vehicle to be seen.

A shy car turns left from Broad Street to Dartford Road, another car, perhaps belonging to Noddy, much smaller than the pedestrians walking by, waits at the pedestrian crossing, heading south.

Robert Freeman


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