A LEIGH Town Council project, set up prior to the recent local elections, has been paused by the new Communities and Culture Committee.
Coun Mark Flewitt, chairman of the committee explained: “It’s never an easy decision to delay and pause a public related scheme, but that’s exactly what the first meeting of the Leigh Town Council felt it had to do, to the Mosaic project.”
The Communities and Culture Committee meeting on June 13, discussed the project because it was required to approve the minute of its predecessors.
Whilst doing this, it was noted that the Town Council had already reached out to local schools and the Leigh public.
Coun Flewitt said: “On a recent visit to the site, Coun Craig Watt expressed serious concerns about accessibility to the site for anyone who had disabilities.”
Coun Watt explained: “In principle, I have no objection to such a scheme, but is it in the right place and will it be accessible to everyone?”
Coun Bernard Arscott, Council Chair, asked if the scheme could be paused, whilst he and others met and discussed the siting and scheme details.
This was resolved and agreed by the meeting.
Coun Flewitt acknowledged the work of the Friends of Leigh Library Gardens, adding: A social media release will be made in conjunction with the Leigh Town Council Chairman.”
He also said: “When this minute was made on April 18, the council knew a new Conservative group had been elected, but chose to proceed and now it was presented as a fait accompli.”
Opponents argued that it was primarily the cost that the Conservatives objected to. This was strongly refuted by Coun Flewitt.
The Mosaic Project is featured on the Leigh Town council website as follows: “Introducing the Community Mosaic Project!
“Leigh Town Council Arts Group is thrilled to collaborate with Friends of Leigh Library Gardens and The Mosaic Studio on an exciting artistic endeavor.
“This project aims to create a vibrant mosaic for the front area of Leigh Library, and the best part is that everyone in the community can be a part of it!
“Residents of Leigh are invited to contribute their own creative ideas to the mosaic design, allowing them to leave a lasting mark on the town’s cultural landscape. Whether you’re an individual or part of a group, we want to hear from you!
“Simply submit your A4 paper designs to Leigh Community Centre by 1st July, ensuring your name, group (if applicable), and contact details are included on the back.
“Our team will strive to incorporate as many elements as possible into the mosaic, ensuring a true reflection of Leigh’s diverse community. We’ll also keep everyone updated on the project’s progress, so you can witness the artwork come to life. Join us in this exciting initiative and help shape the visual identity of our town.”
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