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Ideas needed for town maze

Residents are being invited to design a paving maze for Hemel Hempstead’s town centre.

The winning design will be put in place in the Market Square as part of plans to spruce up the shopping area.

The competition has been launched by Dacorum Borough Council and budding designers have until June 18 to come up with their ideas.

Stephen Holmes, portfolio holder for planning and regeneration at the council, said: “The aim is to make it look more attractive and feel more social, encouraging shoppers and local people to gather there.

“Whether you’re a student or a shopper, resident or visitor, professional artist or amateur doodler, please a-maze us with your entry.

“It’s your chance to get your creativity flowing and make a big difference to the Square. Good luck!”

The winning maze will be created in the paving in the Market Square and decorated with plants and trees.

The designs need to be for a floor area of 27m x 14m. The maze needs to be practical and usable and can contain additional information about Hemel Hempstead’s history, local people and local stories. Four different colours can be used in the maze and the paths should be 60cm wide.

The Market Square is mostly empty since the main market moved into the Marlowes shopping centre. There are still some stalls operating in the area so the council wanted to come up with an idea that would work around these and improve the area until long term regeneration plans can be put in place.


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