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Ideas wanted for Pocklington revamp
WHEN Yorkshire in Bloom judges paid a visit to a market town, they noticed a planter in a town centre street lacked something quite important – plants.
The lack of flowers and shrubs in the planter outside the Coop store in Market Street, Pocklington, was highlighted during the spring judging of the prestigious competition.
Town councillors said the lack of plants was down to constant damage, caused by problems such as vandals picking and throwing flowers, and also people sitting on the flower beds.
Now the council has decided to remove the planter and have launched a competition for people to come up with alternative ideas for the area, which should include an official seat and a tree, and would have the added benefit of commemorating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
“Councillors would like to hear from anybody with ideas for the area, including professionals and students,” said town clerk Richard Wood.
“They should submit their proposal with drawings and plans, which must incorporate public seating and a commemorative tree planted in the ground.
“We would like to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by planting a tree. It is envisaged the waste bins will stay along with the cycle racks.
“A plaque will be placed on the work to acknowledge the winning entrant’s design and the winner will be a guest at the official unveiling ceremony.
“This is a really good opportunity to take part in the design of an important part of Pocklington.”
Mr Wood said entries should be received at the Pocklington Town Council Offices, at The Old Courthouse, 37 George Street, Pocklington by Friday August 5.
He added that it was anticipated the work would be carried out this autumn.