Group seeks use of land for heritage exhibit

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PICTOU – A local arts group hoping to capture Pictou’s heritage in a new exhibit must first get permission use town land.

Dan Currie, a spokesman for the Pictou Arts Society, said the Heritage Walk Project involves a steering committee that gathered pieces of history and stories that will make up a public space in downtown Pictou, across from the CN Station.

It will be made from stones from Norway House and Dawson School and include tiles that will make up the promenade.  The project received more than $25,000 in funding from the New Horizons Seniors Grant from the federal government.

However, when Pictou Mayor Joe Hawes asked the group at Monday’s council meeting who gave it permission to put the project on town land,  Currie said he was unaware that permission wasn’t already granted.

The town had given a letter of support for the project, but at the time, the current location for the planned project wasn’t the original spot.

Currie said the project had to be moved a bit farther down the bank and asked the town to consider giving permission for the new site.

Hawes said the town’s solicitor would look into the matter and get back to the group because some surveying of the land might have to be done.

Organizations: Pictou Arts Society, CN Station, Norway House Dawson School

Geographic location: Pictou

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