Midhurst looks set for a major facelift under the new-look council’s ‘Love Your Town’ banner.
Town council chairman Mark Purves has just finished revamping his committees and the re-named community and environment committee’s new chairman Lesley Campbell is determined to clean up the town and inject a fresh sense of pride into residents.
Taking a leaf out of the nationwide ‘Love Your Town’ campaign Lesley wants to tackle the project under several headings.
At a meeting last night (Monday, September 27), she asked for a rethink over the floral collars - a familiar sight in the summer.
She said four collars in the centre of town had been knocked down by delivery lorries. They could pose a danger to members of the public if they fell and she believed it was time for new ideas: “Maybe in 2017 we could have a mixture of collars, hanging baskets and planters.”
She said she had approached rural town coordinator Melanie Burgoyne with a view to getting traders to contribute to a new scheme of floral decorations: “This could remain a town council initiative but with the Town Team feeding as they did with the Christmas lights.”
Mark agreed it was time for a change: “the collars have served us well, but we should look at expanding and maybe planters have a more visual impact.”
Members agreed to set up a small working group with the Town Team to explore possible alternatives.
Lesley said they also needed to work out how to make people feel more responsible for keeping the front of their properties litter and weed free.
“We all walk down the streets, we live, shop and work here, its our town, let’s take responsibility for it and take a pride in it. Time and time again we hear people say ‘it’s someone else’s problem - it’s not - its ours and let’s take responsibility for it,” said Mark.
Lesley and her vice chairman Theresa Truscott are to look at ways of taking the ‘Love Your Town’ initiative forward.
The committee is also considering a revamp of the annual awards evening with new categories to encourage people to contribute to making the town ‘cleaner, brighter and tidier’.
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