Rainhill Village Life - Supported by your Labour Councillors

Thursday, June 29, 2006

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.

5 comment(s):

  • Hi Steve

    Like the plinth - pity about the spelling of "Perseverence" an extra "r" crept in despite corrections allegedly made some time ago.

    By Anonymous David Whitley, at 9:36 pm  

  • Had noticed the spelling mistake David. Thought you would have spotted the other errors - perhaps we should run a village quiz on the subject.

    By Blogger Cllr. Steve Glover, at 11:15 am  

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    By Blogger L35, at 8:55 pm  

  • Touche. (Don't seem to be able to get an acute accent on the e). I must look more closely - I only looked for "Perseverence".

    Sorry to hear that your car has been done over.

    By Anonymous David Whitley, at 9:01 pm  

  • Too bad about the spelling mistakes. Is anything else going to be added to the area? A flagpole with Union Flag, perhaps? *cough*. Sorry, that was my patriotic split personality speaking ;). Well I hope scallies don't go hanging around there and friday nights... destroying it.

    By Anonymous Alex Kelly, at 8:23 am  

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