Voting opens for March residents to pick Queen’s Diamond Jubilee scheme

MARCH residents can vote today to pick the scheme they would most like to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next year.

Five proposals have made it through to a short list drawn up by March Town Council and released today for a public vote.

Town clerk Clive Lemmon said: “Many good ideas were received from the public regarding ideas they would like to see implemented.” The five options are:

1: Modern memorial arch to be sited adjacent to the Market Place or on West End Park. This, says the council, would be a “permanent memorial relevant to the current era”.

2: New Jubilee-themed railings along Elwyn Road next to the River Nene to replace those of a poor standard between the Market Place and the Indian restaurant. The council says 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.”

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

4: A large memorial plaque to be sited in a position to be agreed. This again, says the council, would be a permanent memorial but of a less substantial nature.

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5: A Queen’s Jubilee Education Scholarship. The principle for this is easily established, says the council, but finer detail would be subject to consultation with experts and the Principal of the Neale-Wade Community College.

Mr Lemmon said: “Other ideas were muted but were rejected for a variety of reasons. Strong support was shown for reinstating the fountain but it was felt that this was an idea that could be visited at another time.”

Voting is restricted to March residents with a verifiable home address and all responses are requested by October 28.

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