New £50,000 Sculpture To Be Relocated?

Hadleigh Sculpture

Hadleigh’s £50,000 sculpture may be relocated after the Olympic Mountain Biking Event has taken place.

The steel structure is currently situated on Victoria House Roundabout linking London Road, Rayleigh Road, Kiln Road and Benfleet Road to honour the 2012 Olympics.

Installed by Essex County Council to commemorate the 2012 Olympics, there is talk that the sculpture may be moved to Hadleigh Farm after the Olympic Games has concluded.

The artistic structure is that of a mountain-cyclist riding on rocky terrain with the objective of providing a long-lasting legacy for the town of Hadleigh in remembrance of this wonderful Olympic event.

Having been selected as one of ten outer-London locations to host an Olympic event, Hadleigh should certainly feel proud. Despite this, local residents worry that the impressive artwork could be moved to Hadleigh Farm once the mountain biking event on August 11th and 12th has taken place.

Essex County Council confirmed that moving the sculpture to Hadleigh Farm as a permanent venue is a strong consideration.

It is understood that contractors originally stated the installation would remain only on the roundabout for up to six weeks – this may have been due to County Hall installing the sculpture, prior to gaining the appropriate planning permission from Castle Point Council. The plans have since been approved.

What are your thoughts… should the sculpture remain on Victoria House roundabout or should it be moved to Hadleigh Farm?

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Published: July 28th, 2012

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