The future of Morecambe’s town crest mosaic – slanted, flat or upright?

Picture by Julian Brown  The Morecambe mosaic,  New Town Square, Euston Road, Morecambe. The council has asked for views on its future.
Picture by Julian Brown The Morecambe mosaic, New Town Square, Euston Road, Morecambe. The council has asked for views on its future.

Our Morecambe town crest outside the Arndale Centre may look a little different in future.

The mosaic of the ‘Beauty Surrounds, Health Abounds’ symbol will be revamped next year and Lancaster City Council is looking at different options.

The 40-year-old landmark is unlikely to remain in its current form on a slanted structure in New Town Square.

Instead, the crest could be placed flat on a resurfaced floor outside the Arndale Centre.

Or the mosaic could be fitted to a wall and displayed vertically in a redesigned New Town Square.

At a meeting on Thursday, Morecambe Town Council said they want the crest to stay where it is, but be displayed vertically “to allow for maximum impact”.

“It is being vandalised on a daily basis,” said Coun Darren Clifford, chairman of the town council.

“It’s very important to have our crest presented to people who visit. It’s not just a crest, it’s who we are.”

Coun Terrie Metcalfe, who works in the Arndale, said: “Day in, day out, people say to me ‘don’t move the crest’.

“It’s in the centre of Poulton and if there wasn’t Poulton, there would be no Morecambe.

“It has to stay there, but not on that ramp.

“And if it’s on the ground or on a wall, it needs to be covered in perspex to protect it.”

Coun Brendan Hughes said: “100% it’s not moving out of New Town Square.

“Somebody had the idea of making it cafe area and putting the mosaic on the floor. They can’t redevelop that area at the moment because of the ramp.”

Coun Tricia Heath said: “I think the vertical idea is a good one. If it’s flat on the floor, somebody will lie on it or put tables and chairs on it.”

Lancaster City Council will take the town council’s views into account when making a final decision about how to revamp New Town Square.

The public’s views will also be considered.

The redesign is part of Lancaster City Council plans to improve Euston Road from Barclays through to New Town Square, with new street surfacing, street furniture, lighting and artworks.