May: Vandalism fears shouldn’t stop Thatcher statue

Latest news

    Thatcher statueImage copyright Fine Architecture
    Image caption The bronze statue has already been created

    Concerns that a statue of Lady Thatcher may be vandalised should not stop it going ahead, Theresa May has said.

    Those behind the bronze “life size and-a-half” statue, created by the sculptor Douglas Jennings want it to go up in Parliament Square.

    But there have been a series of objections, including the possibility it could be vandalised and that it does not have the Thatcher family’s backing.

    The Parliamentary Estate has also objected to the proposal.

    It has pointed out there is already a statue of Lady Thatcher in the Commons and that Westminster Council’s own planning guidelines state Parliament Square – home to various statues – is within the “monument saturation zone, considered unsuitable for new memorials” and that statues should adhere to a rule that they do not go up within 10 years of the subject’s death.

    Controversial figure

    A local conservation group, the Thorney Island Society, has commented on the application, saying the 10-year-rule should be adhered to, despite the fact a statue to Nelson Mandela was put up before his death.

    The group said: “While Lady Thatcher was also widely respected it cannot be said that she was uncontroversial in this country.

    “There is a strong case for the ten-year rule to be respected – there should be a decent interval before permanent statues are erected, especially when they are controversial enough to risk vandalism.”

    The society adds: “We understand that Lady Thatcher’s daughter dislikes the statue.”

    The Thatcher family has been contacted for a comment.

    Asked about reports that the statue had effectively been blocked over concerns about vandalism, Mrs May told the BBC: “I understand there are a number of issues that have been raised around the statue. What I’m very clear about is there should be no suggestion that the threat of vandalism should stop a statue of Margaret Thatcher from being put up.”

    The statue has yet to go before a planning committee and even if it was granted permission – it would then have to get the approval of the Royal Parks, which manages the Parliament Square site.

    The Royal Parks has objected to the application.

    A spokesman said: “Numerous times we have requested assurances from the applicant that they have approval from the family for the statue. To date we have not had those assurances.”

    View the original article:

    Lady Thatcher, who was Conservative prime minister from 1979 until 1990, died on 8 April 2013, following a stroke, at the age of 87.

    In the same category are

    Harley-Davidson to shift some bike production outside US Image copyright Getty Images Harley-Davidson plans to shift some motorcycle production away from the US to avoid the "substantial" burden of Europea...
    Rihanna and Cardi B pay tribute to murdered teen Image copyright NYPD Rihanna and Cardi B are among many who have paid tribute to a 15-year-old teen who was murdered in the Bronx, New York, last we...
    Women’s World Twenty20: England to face champions West Indies in Group A England are currently taking part in a T20 tri-series against New Zealand and South AfricaEngland will play defending champions and hosts West Indies...
    Voices of millions of UK taxpayers stored by HMRC Image caption HMRC's Voice ID scheme asks callers to repeat the phrase "my voice is my password" The voices of millions of taxpayers have been ana...
    Turkey election: Erdogan win ushers in new presidential era Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPresident Erdogan thanks voters for "love"Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is taking...
    £1.3bn Swansea Bay tidal lagoon decision expected Image copyright TLP Image caption Ministers have said the project must provide "value for money" A much-awaited decision on whether to go ahead wi...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.