Flashback Friday: New life for the square? (2005)

PUBLISHED: 09:00 31 August 2018

The article covering the potential transformation. Photo: Archant.

The article covering the potential transformation. Photo: Archant.


In Flashback Friday Enjoy Beccles More takes a look back at some of the town’s major stories and events from times gone-by.

This week we look at efforts made in 2005 to transform the area around the shelter in Exchange Square.

The article below, written by Roy Strowger, first appeared in the Beccles and Bungay Journal on Friday, November 4, 2005.

New life for the square?

The Mayor of Beccles is stepping up his efforts to transform the area around the Exchange Square shelter in the town centre.

John Sigsworth made the plan the subject of the mayor’s 2005/6 appeal when he took office in May, but progress has been slow.

Now he is asking for urgent pledges of support or donations from organisations around the town to ensure the work can go ahead.

He wants the areas to be a much more attractive centrepiece for the town rather than shut away in one corner and prone to vandalism.

The cost of the basic work of levelling the site, new paving and improvements to the shelter is expected to be around £15,000. More money would allow for features such as lights.

In a leaflet being distributed around the town, Mr Sigsworth says his aim is to give easier access to the shelter and create a space that could be used for street entertainment, displays of art or sculpture, charity stalls and more seats. And there could be carol singing around the traditional Christmas tree.

He would also like to see a well-designed mural on the shelter wall.

“It’s not the first time changes have been discussed, but I do hope that we will make progress this time,” he said.

The changes would include:

• Removing the low wall and steps up to the shelter

• Paving the existing garden area and levelling it off with the base of the shelter

• Replacing the front walls and support of the shelter with metal columns, similar in style to the twinning lamp

• Moving the lamp to a better position

• Creating a new planting area to provide some colour

• Adding extra seats

Mr Sigsworth said he had already enjoyed considerable help and support from people across the town, including the design drawings, which owed much to Sunday Lamdin and Brian Sabberton.

“If you or your organisation are able to help by giving money or, at this stage, promising to give money, I will be delighted to hear from you,” says Mr Sigsworth.

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