Sunday, 20 February 2011

CWaCC cuts services & grants but wants to waste money on bronze warriors

A TREE-LINED boulevard ‘guarded’ by imposing bronze warriors could be the vision greeting visitors arriving at Chester Railway Station.

Council chiefs want to commemorate Chester’s 2,000-year military history in a spectacular ‘make-over’ for City Road as a key pedestrian link into the city centre.

Proposed military statues – all on impressive plinths – would begin with a Roman Legionnaire and end near The Bars roundabout with a Mercian Regiment soldier in Afghanistan combat gear.

Cllr Mike Jones, leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “Chester has been a garrison town since the time of the Romans and we thought that a tribute to this proud part of our heritage would help set the scene for our visitors. My comment: Especially visitors from Afghanistan.

“The scheme is in its infancy at the moment but would almost certainly involve us seeking sponsorship for the various statues” said the leader.

My comment: I wonder how much it will cost for a feasibility study, planning, staff/councillor time and expenses, project management and marketing before they get their first sponsor? Buy one get one free?

Read the full story from the source Chester Chronicle

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