The design of Haverhill’s new town clock has been unveiled.
The clock will be installed in Jubilee Square in Spring of next year, and is costing Haverhill Town Council £10,000.
It has been designed and will be made by students from Samuel Ward Academy, involving the town’s mother schools and people who want to be involved to too, with the metal for free by Metcraft Engineering Ltd.
At Tuesday’s (October 29) town council meeting at the arts centre councillors agreed for the clock designs to be approved, although the actual clock will have a larger clock face than in the concept art, will include numbering, will have recognition of the input of the town council, students and Metcraft, and will feature the CB9 logo.
It will be placed further back than in the picture to avoid reversing vehicles hitting it, and internal lighting will be incorporated into the design if it can be done within the £10,000 budget.
Councillors opted to go for a stainless steel clock rather than the copper design.
Cllr Clive Turner suggested it should be named the William Blake clock after a former town clerk whom the old town clock was named after, and a plaque to him may be included on the new clock.
The new clock is designed to commemorate the success of 2012 in Haverhill.
Thus the sculpture resembles the Olympic Torch, and though the three figurines at the top were chosen by the student designers, councillors said they resemble a crowd celebrating the Jubilee.
The the figures and clock faces will point in the directions of Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.
With the design of the clock now agreed, the technical aspects are now all that remains to resolve.
Deputy mayor Maureen Byrne said: “I am very, very impressed. I think this is beautiful, but it needs lighting up inside.”
Cllr Turner suggested that the public should be allowed to have their say on the designs by having Samuel Ward students man the council’s market stall one Saturday and invite feedback on the design.
However, Cllr Byrne led opposition of that idea, saying: “If we do that it’ll be never ending and we’ll never find something that suits everyone.”
Cllr Pat Hanlon said the involvement of the students was ‘sufficient’.
“It’s like all art, you either love it or hate it, like the Spirit of Enterprise roundabout,” he said.
Only Cllrs Turner and Betty McLatchy voted for the public to have their say on the designs, thus the council instead voted to approve the design, subject to the tweaks.
St Edmundsbury Cllr Gordon Cox, whose idea the clock was originally, said: “I think it’s a brilliant design and a tremendous achievement that’s better than the gates and the head and what the students have come up with really supports the town.”
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