Town roundabout could be home to model cattle as part of group’s gateway vision
PUBLISHED: 14:10 20 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:10 20 April 2017
Models paying homage to one of St Ives most recognisable symbols could be built on a roundabout if plans to secure funding are given the go ahead.
Although in its early stages, the idea to install three model cows was put forward by St Ives Town Team, with the plan to ask permission for the models to be erected near the Compass Point Business Park.
Nick Dibben, a member of the town team, said: “One of the ideas that has been discussed is part of making improvements to the visual environment of the town and linking into the town’s history.
“St Ives used to be one of the largest cattle markets in the country, so the idea of having some cattle somewhere is a way of reminding people of that, but also providing a suitable gateway for the town.”
The cattle market in St Ives is believed to have opened in 1886, marking the end of the 700-year-old practice of selling livestock in the streets of the town.
A surviving auction ring is also located next to the bus station. Technically sitting within the boundary for Needingworth, the town team has already been given initial approval from Holywell and Needingworth Parish Council about the idea.
Mr Dibben said the estimated budget for the project would be £2,500 to £3,000, and that this would have to come from business sponsors.
He said: “We’ve had discussions with artists and sculptors and the next step is probably to get approval from the county council because it’s their roundabout, and to start looking for possible sponsors.”
It’s not known how long the idea will take to come to fruition, and Mr Dibben said he hoped the local community could be involved by supplying willow from Holt Island for the models.