THE CITY OF DURHAM TRUST APPEAL TO REPLACE OUR REPAIRED HORSE TO ITS HISTORIC POSITION Durham City Vision has lodged a planning application (4/09/00533/LB) to re-site the Lord Londonderry statue at the top end of the Market Place in order to make more space for 'events.' The City of Durham Trust welcomes several aspects of the Heart of the City Regeneration project, but objects to the proposal to re-site the Statue on the following grounds: In terms of history, architecture and alignment the Equestrian Statue forms a mid-19th century grouping of three listed structures along with the Town Hall and St Nicholas Church. The Statue is the heart of the ‘square.’ It plays a pivotal role, giving coherence to the Market Place, and is a popular meeting point. The Statue is the focal point from all three entrances to the Market Place. The proposed new site will leave the tall Statue side-lined, a bystander looking down over a barren Market Place for most of the time, except when ‘events’ are taking place. If you agree, the Trust invites you to sign this Petition. (Do not sign if you have already signed, or plan to sign, the paper version of this petition) Although the official deadline for comments has now passed, the Council is obliged by law to consider all representations made up to the date they consider the application. PLEASE ACT AT ONCE!TIME IS SHORT
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Nancy Roussy, Canada1 year ago Comments: -
Alison Parry, United Kingdom4 years ago Comments: I was living away from Durham for a short time when Lord L. and his horse were removed, thus I didn't know about the proposal to move him. In fact I've only just found out about it by Googling to see when he would be returned! Whilst I can understand the statue may need restoration, I can't understand why it needs to be relocated out of the way upon its return. The first day I came to live and work in Durham I walked up into the Market Place and was amazed by that statue.. The Market Place looks lost without it and completely lacks the wow-factor it had when the statue was there. I wish I'd known about this earlier when my signature maybe would have helped make a difference.
Jill Twin, United Kingdom4 years ago Comments: This is a completely abhorrent idea. The moving of this statue is the final straw in the homogenization of Durham City centre vast areas of which have now become ' Could be Anywhere Street'. For countless cultural, social and historical reasons the Horse should stay in it's rightful position. Moving it is further selling Durham's soul and pandering to the pockets of retail.
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