The mosaic mural in the bus station. Pictured (l-r) are Sana Gabriel (project manager from Huntingdonshire District Council, Cllr Tim Drye (Mayor of St Ives), Cllr Angie Dickinson (a St Ives district councillor) and Alison Benfield (St Ives Town Clerk)
Visitors to St Ives bus station are being greeted by more attractive scenery following a recent series of improvements. Huntingdonshire District Council is proud to have worked in partnership with St Ives in Bloom, the Norris Museum, Carers Trust and Huntingdon’s Spring Common Academy to deliver the ‘Bus Station Community Project’ to enhance the area.
Over the past few months we have co-ordinated the facelift of the site, including the removal of surrounding vegetation, deep cleaning, repairs to the external notice boards and other fabric improvements.
A detailed programme was put in place with tasks completed on time with little disruption to the public to ensure that the bus station was ready for the installation of a fantastic mosaic mural depicting scenes of the local area. The mural was designed and worked on by local young carers and their families, ably supported by visitors to the town’s Norris Museum and mosaic artist Audrey Montet.
The bus station sits on the site of the historic cattle market and the very special cattle shaped willow sculptures and willow tree were made by post-sixteen students of Spring Common Academy, supported by Jane Frost. St Ives in Bloom added colourful new planters and surrounding plants to the gatehouses.
An example of the willow sculptures of cattle installed at the site
Cllr Jonathan Gray, Executive Councillor for Resources, said: "The Bus Station Project has been fantastic in bringing the community together. In revamping the site and designing the mural, confidence and friendships and resilience have been built.
The footfall though the bus station is high and it is the first point of contact for many visitors coming to town. The work undertaken really has given the bus station a lift and the mural is a truly special, permanent addition to the town which will be seen by residents and visitors to St Ives for many years to come."