COULD a fountain once again grace St George's Square?
That is one of the options being considered as part of a huge consultation exercise about the future of Huddersfield's historic centre.
Many of the 1,100 people who voted or wrote in with ideas and opinions favour bringing back a fountain.
Now Kirklees Council chiefs are to discuss issues further with experts before deciding what the area should be changed.
Other suggestions include:
* Better links between bus and rail
* A traffic-free area for major outdoor events
* More greenery, with floral displays and shrubs
* Replacing the old stone setts
The last fountain to be sited in the Square ran into problems both from vandals and from the northern climate.
The soft limestone of the fountain, which had graced Venice a century earlier, could not survive in Huddersfield.
It lasted just two years.
Councillors are delighted with the consultation response, with ideas from the public, property owners, local businesses and transport operators.
Kirklees Council is now carrying out further technical assessments before reaching a decision on the future direction for the square.
Views are fairly evenly divided between creating an almost traffic-free area with large spaces for outdoor events and informal activities, or providing better public transport arrangements by allowing more buses into the square.
A small minority favoured a third option of relatively minor changes.
Many people expressed views on issues that will become important when detailed designs are considered at the next stage.
There was strong support for improving the links between bus and rail stations.
Most people want the traditional appearance of the square to be kept, with a working water feature and more green and floral landscaping.
The existing setts were difficult to walk on and many people wanted improved facilities at the station for long stay, drop-off, disabled and cycle parking.
Many of the submissions have pointed out some of the practical issues, particularly relating to re-routing traffic and bus services and to the policing of anti-social behaviour.
Clr John Smithson, Cabinet member for Regeneration, said: "We are very pleased with the interest that people have shown and the time spent in putting forward opinions and ideas.
"All the submissions will be given to the designers producing detailed plans for public comment early next year.
"Before that, we must do some further technical work on the options.
"We expect to complete this work in November and decide our favoured option for the square before Christmas."