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Welcome to Newton-le-Willows - historic town to get its own signs
2:00pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
FOR years being labelled as living in St Helens has been a bugbear for some proud Newtonians who believe their historic town has a strong identity of its own.
Now it appears St Helens Council is taking a small step to recognise that by amending some of the borough’s road signs in Newton-le-Willows.
Signs that once featured the dominant title ‘Welcome to St Helens’ followed by the phrase ‘Historical Newton-le-Willows’ in a smaller font are being ditched.
They will be replaced by a new sign with ‘Welcome to the historic town of Newton-le-Willows’ as the top line message, with the words Part of St Helens Borough sitting beneath it.
It is understood between four and six new signs bear Newton boundary markers are being altered.
The changes are being funded by money set aside for improvements in each ward.
Newton ward Councillor Seve Gomez-Aspron said: “It was simply to recognise individual town identity. It’s something I, the Newton and Earlestown Councillors, the people we represent and the current council leader believe strongly in.
“The Leader (Barrie Grunewald) spoke about a ‘one size fits all’ approach not always being the best solution in his inauguration speech, and this moves on from that.
We need to recognise that we are a proud borough, but also individual towns have their own, proud identity.
“The councillor improvement is funding allocated to each ward to be spent on bespoke ideas of the ward councillors.
“At the end of the day, they are usually the people best placed to know the people’s needs on a local level."
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