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Plans move forward for Covid memorial set to become ‘focal point’ of Mansfield park

Mansfield District Council has validated plans to implement a Covid memorial in a new park.

The monument is to be erected not only to mourn those who have died from the virus but also to commemorate hard-working front-line workers throughout the pandemic.

The Memorial Garden has been proposed in the centre of Mansfield behind the Town Hall.

It will become the ‘focal point’ of a new pocket park that the council is planning to introduce as part of their Urban Greening initiative.

The potential site is currently occupied by a car park, owned by Mansfield District Council, which accommodates 15 spaces plus four disabled zones.

Mansfield, along with the rest of the UK, has experienced loss and suffering due to coronavirus and a chance to pay tribute to loved ones lost is seen as an essential addition to the area.



A statement from a design and access statement within Mansfield’s planning documents read: “An opportunity has arisen through the Town Deal accelerated funding and orchestrated by Mansfield District Council’s Urban Greening initiative to enhance the connection between the Market place and the bus station and create a pause point and green refuge in the town centre.

“Exploiting the local topography, a series of grass terraces cascades down from Queen St towards the town hall, focusing on a lower paved space: the proposed position for a memorial feature to mark the Covid pandemic.

“The Covid 19 pandemic has impacted tremendously on the lives of the people of Mansfield and this is to be marked with a memorial feature that will form a focal point in the park.

“The ambition is to create not only a monument to those who have suffered and been bereaved but also give recognition to the tremendous work of care givers and key workers, and to look forwards positively to times beyond the pandemic.”

To the sides of the car park are Exchange Row and Queens Walk where traffic levels are low.

Plans were validated on Friday, September 24.

Executive Mayor Andy Abrahams said: “The garden will be somewhere for people to relax and reflect as they go about their business in the town centre.

“It will also provide an attractive pedestrian connection between the bus station and the Market Place.

“What we want to achieve with this urban greening project is a greater sense of calm and enjoyment for visitors to encourage them to linger.

“Along with the plans featured in the Town Centre masterplan, Mansfield is going to look and feel more attractive in the years ahead, which we hope will increase the number of visitors and encourage economic renewal and investment.”

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