We need a prince statue

Echo: Judith McMahon Judith McMahon

VICTORIA Gateway should be enhanced with a statue of the “Prittlewell Prince” and a fountain, a councillor has said.

Judith McMahon, who represents Kursaal, Southend, called for a statue of the Saxon royal, whose remains were unearthed near Priory Crescent in 2003, to be erected outside Southend Victoria station.

Ms McMahon said: “Residents, via the Victoria Gateway consultation returns, say the location, as the gateway to the town, should be visually enhanced.

“As few could dispute the Prittlewell Prince is the golden transformation for the town, now our most precious son, internationally noted and recently returned from Europe, alongside Vatican exhibits, it should be he that graces that location.”

The Labour councillor called for a statue of the royal and a water feature to be commissioned for the public space, which is empty save for a statue, entitled the Return, of a woman hugging a man.

A ninth-month review of Victoria Gateway concluded trees, seating, lighting, or even a kiosk, could be added to the open space to give a “sense of place”.

It also called for a “bolder public art installation” than the Return, which has failed to attract people to the area.

Planning officers are looking at how to make the space, which is used by skateboarders, greener after the Tory administration agreed it needed to be spruced up.

The council has employed charity Sustrans to ask residents how they want public spaces improved.

Ms McMahon suggested the large disused fountain outside the Civic Centre be moved to the Victoria Gateway in October.

Responding to Ms McMahon at a full council meeting, Derek Jarvis, councillor responsible for culture, said: “I think all members would recognise the importance of the Prittlewall Prince and its value to our sense of pride and place. However, potential works need to be set in context with the area and be at an appropriate scale and be practical to maintain.

“While the Victoria Gateway review has set out the potential for further enhancing the area, there may be other locations in the town that are equally appropriate, so I will ask others to consider your suggestion, while exploring further proposals in the joint council and Sustrans ‘pocket places’ project.

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4:26pm Tue 17 Dec 13

MHWoods says...

The "Victoria Gateway Review" can be seen here ~ http://minutes.south
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The "Victoria Gateway Review" can be seen here ~ http://minutes.south end.gov.uk/akssouthe nd/images/att23299.p df MHWoods

4:44pm Tue 17 Dec 13

jolllyboy says...

As long as they put a pub next to it in the picture showing that they have also built it on a Roman graveyard. Waste of a possible tourist attraction.As usual.
As long as they put a pub next to it in the picture showing that they have also built it on a Roman graveyard. Waste of a possible tourist attraction.As usual. jolllyboy

4:45pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Test Tickle says...

Is there an election due?

The space was fairly green before the council decided to concrete over the entire area, have you realised you made a boo boo.

Before 'eye candy' comes the potholed roads and a million other things I could think of off the top of my head!.
Is there an election due? The space was fairly green before the council decided to concrete over the entire area, have you realised you made a boo boo. Before 'eye candy' comes the potholed roads and a million other things I could think of off the top of my head!. Test Tickle

4:52pm Tue 17 Dec 13

John Bull 40 says...

Will she be paying for it? and what did this "prince" look like?
Will she be paying for it? and what did this "prince" look like? John Bull 40

4:54pm Tue 17 Dec 13

w-jback says...

I think the idea to move the Fountain from outside the Civic Centre to Victoria gateway was a good one.
I think the idea to move the Fountain from outside the Civic Centre to Victoria gateway was a good one. w-jback

5:29pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Southend Andy says...

Yeah wait for it, everyone will ask for this & that to be done & when sbc do it all those people who demanded it will kick off saying its a waste of money. Can't please everyone all the time.
Yeah wait for it, everyone will ask for this & that to be done & when sbc do it all those people who demanded it will kick off saying its a waste of money. Can't please everyone all the time. Southend Andy

6:42pm Tue 17 Dec 13

westborograss says...

As I recall the fountain was turned off because the water was blown around too much, the same is likely to happen at vic circus
The cost of installation would be high
Why not move the queen vic statue to vic circus?
Simple crane job, no electrics no water
As I recall the fountain was turned off because the water was blown around too much, the same is likely to happen at vic circus The cost of installation would be high Why not move the queen vic statue to vic circus? Simple crane job, no electrics no water westborograss

7:33pm Tue 17 Dec 13

GrumpyofLeigh says...

Is it my imagination or do councillors make it up as they go along?
Is it my imagination or do councillors make it up as they go along? GrumpyofLeigh

7:56pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Nebs says...

The council do not know how to sell Southend. The Return statue has never had any significant press, where are the signs on the seafront directing tourists to visit it (and walk up the High St and maybe spend some money in the process), no competitions about it (a looky-likey photo competition with a small prize?), no nothing.

As for the saxon king, this sums up the council atittiude to marketing http://www.echo-news
.co.uk/news/10852043
.Saxon_King_exhibiti
on_opens_with_a_whim
per/

How about re-scheduling the traffic lights, as you approach the junction from the east, so as the lights don't go red just as the preceding pedestrian crossing lights go green.

Better still, remove the whole thing and put a roundabout there, with a few trees in the middle.
The council do not know how to sell Southend. The Return statue has never had any significant press, where are the signs on the seafront directing tourists to visit it (and walk up the High St and maybe spend some money in the process), no competitions about it (a looky-likey photo competition with a small prize?), no nothing. As for the saxon king, this sums up the council atittiude to marketing http://www.echo-news .co.uk/news/10852043 .Saxon_King_exhibiti on_opens_with_a_whim per/ How about re-scheduling the traffic lights, as you approach the junction from the east, so as the lights don't go red just as the preceding pedestrian crossing lights go green. Better still, remove the whole thing and put a roundabout there, with a few trees in the middle. Nebs

10:56pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Virtuallintu says...

Is this the Councillor who voted to close Priory House due to the cost implications? Evidently there's money for a statue though. I do wonder about some Councillors priorities. Well, most of them actually ...
Is this the Councillor who voted to close Priory House due to the cost implications? Evidently there's money for a statue though. I do wonder about some Councillors priorities. Well, most of them actually ... Virtuallintu

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