Name the square that will be opened in April 2014 Peace Square, rather than Jubilee Square.
Leicester City Council should name the new square ‘Peace Square’ rather than ‘Jubilee Square' because:
♦ Peace Square is far more appropriate in this year, the centenary of World War I, the “war to end all wars”, a war in which millions of ordinary people from all over the world died.
♦ Peace Square would celebrate the fact that Leicester is famous for different communities from all over the world living side by side peacefully.
♦ Peace Square’ would be an oasis for people who live hectic lifestyles, especially in the town centre. The name ‘Peace Square’ would resonate well with people wanting to go there to get some peace.
♦ The elected Mayor of Leicester decided on the name Jubilee Square because Leicester was the first city Queen Elizabeth II visited on her Diamond Jubilee tour two years ago. That visit cost the city £220,000 which is money that we could ill afford in these times of cuts to services and living standards. If the Queen contributed to the cost of the visit and the building of the square then there may be an argument for calling it Jubilee Square but she hasn’t.
♦ We believe that a Labour majority council should be naming a square in honour of ordinary people not the aristocracy.
♦ With regards to concern about duplicating the name Peace Walk in Victoria Park – there are also lots of other places in Leicester named ‘Jubilee’.
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