Town councillor calls for Market Square to be upgraded

By Mike Lewis in Local People

A FISHGUARD and Goodwick town councillor has called for an upgrade to Fishguard’s Market Square to make it once again the focal point of the town.

Cllr Kevin Siggins told colleagues that a statue or floral display could be installed on the square to highlight its “uniqueness”.

He said: “When I was a child growing up there was a big area of square there. What changed it was when the bypass was built.

“That little roundabout we have now was built to give access to lorries, but it doesn’t need to be there anymore.

“We need a bigger focal point to the centre of the town – something to highlight that this really is the hub of our communities.

“At the moment there’s no art or community image there whatsoever – it’s the type of road construction you can see absolutely anywhere else in the country.

“Why can’t we have a statue or a floral display put there? Why should Fishguard have to settle for something you can find anywhere else?”

Cllr Siggins made his comments during a discussion on Pembrokeshire County Council’s five-town generation plan when members were invited to share their ideas with County Hall consultants.

Town mayor Cllr Mike Mayberry agreed that Market Square needed to be re-designed “for people rather than cars”.

Cllr Dennis Morris felt more dropped kerbs would be welcomed by disabled pedestrians as well as parents with pushchairs.

Supporting Cllr Siggins’ call for a focal point to Market Square, he added: “We need something unique and relevant to our town – a statue of Jemima Nicholas, perhaps?”

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