The Lanes, Links and Hope Bell Project aims to better connect Loughborough's town centre and Queen's Park.

The project, which is being led by the Council, is being supported by Loughborough Town Deal and is looking to:

  • improve pedestrian access to the park from the Ward’s End and Devonshire Square area
  • improve lighting for pedestrians in the area
  • create at least one new gateway into the park for pedestrians from Granby Street car park
  • create the Hope Bell, a Covid-19 memorial in Queen’s Park

The Hope Bell will be a lasting memorial to all those in Charnwood who have lost their lives in the Covid-19 pandemic and a tribute to NHS and key workers. It will also be a beacon of hope for the future and a reminder of how communities came together to support each other in challenging times.

The Hope Bell will see the creation of a clock chime installation comprising of four quarter chime bells and the main Hope Bell to sound the hours. It will be located in Queen’s Park.

The memorial will also showcase Loughborough’s unique and long history of bell-making. Taylor's bell foundry in Loughborough is the only working bell foundry in the country and is responsible for the 47 bells that hang in the Carillon Tower along with many other famous bells cast globally, including the Great Paul in St Paul's Cathedral which is the largest bell ever cast in this country.

We are currently running an online survey for the Hope Bell project to seek people's views. It is open until April 30, 2022.

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Last updated: Tue 26th April, 2022 @ 14:57