A wishing well - not in Woodhall Spa!

Millennium Gardens in Woodhall Spa where Rotarians want a wishing well EMN-150323-115234001
Millennium Gardens in Woodhall Spa where Rotarians want a wishing well EMN-150323-115234001
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Councillors in Woodhall Spa have rejected proposals for a wishing well in Millennium Gardens amid claims it would spoil the village’s charm.

The Rotary Club of Woodhall Spa has written, asking the Parish Council to consider siting a wishing well in the gardens

However, several councillors thought the plastic looking design was “inappropriate” and not in keeping with the heritage of the village.

Council chairman David Clarke said that while the ideas was “sound in principle”, he thought the design was flawed.

Coun Graham Keegan said: “It (the wishing well) would not fit in with the heritage of Woodhall Spa.

“If we agreed to this then what next? Perhaps a few plastic gnomes around it.”

Coun Isobel Clarke said she felt the wishing well could become a target for vandals.

She said it was too big for the proposed site and would take up too much room.

Coun Shirley Williams described the design as “awful” and said she was against the proposal.

Other councillors warned the well would be too close to one of the busiest stretches of pavement in the village.

They pointed out there had already been complaints from pedestrians who have to step into the main road, because people are stopping to look at the village map board.

Councillors will conduct a pedestrian survey of the area in the summer before deciding whether to move the map board.

Coun Keegan added; “I can see why the Rotary Club would want to site a wishing well here but this is not the right location. It would just cause problems.”

Councillors agreed to write to the Rotary Club, saying they opposed the idea because of design issues, fears of vandalism and heath and safety concerns.