Plinth to commemorate 175th anniversary of the Rainhill Trials.
Houghton Street, in the centre of the village, has now been fully pedestrianised with the introduction of wooden bollards at both ends. That was the signal for the long awaited plinth to be put in place and we all went along to inspect the work and seek shopper's views.
Constructed in grey and pale cream marble, it is fully etched and has a lovely brass sleeve around its waist. Around the sleeve are the original locomotive contestants of the trial together with their respective designer/builder/drivers.
Several trees have already been planted and the area will be illuminated by directional lighting from two dedicated poles. Residents were generally supportive and requested more areas of equal charm. As you can see, the plinth is flat (we originally asked for a sloping surface) and at a height suitable for sitting on. Shoppers suggestions for a couple of park benches in the area would be a welcome addition during daytime, but we feel it would encourage groups to gather at night and possibly cause anti-social problems. We hope that the area is respected and kept clear of litter and glasses, bottles, etc, and becomes an integral part of the village centre.