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The part of Queen’s Crescent which proved “one of the most controversial” in refurb plans

What should happen to the archway?

08 February, 2021

The archway at the start of Queen’s Crescent

CONSULTANTS asked to look at ways to spruce up Queen’s Crescent have said that the arch at the start of the market was “one of the most controversial items”.

The Town Hall is currently surveying opinion on changes to the road after securing £1.1 million in funding from City Hall. A plan to close the road off to traffic has already, as the New Journal reported last week, led to split views.


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But a report into initial suggestions  for the area said that on ‘test day’ of market research, the green arch which welcomes people to Queen’s Crescent also “divides opinion”.

It said: “Some people find it ugly, others don’t mind and feel removing it would be a waste of money. The arch could be repainted, climbing plants grown up it and a sign added beneath saying ‘market’. Could local artists be involved in designing this and how could they be chosen?”

Later in the report, however, it was advised that climbing plants might be “too ambitious” and the council was given a recommendation to give it a repaint and possibly add the word ‘market’.

 

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