Plans for life-size-and-a-half statue of Margaret Thatcher in Parliament Square six months after idea was shelved over vandalism fears

NO ROOM FOR MAGGIE Plan for Margaret Thatcher statue in London’s Parliament Square set to be rejected because there are already too many monuments in the area

Proposals for a Margaret Thatcher statue in Parliament Square look set to be rejected because there are too many monuments in the area

A PLAN for a Margaret Thatcher statue in Parliament Square looks set to be rejected because there are already too many monuments in the area.

Councillors have been told to vote against life-size-and-a-half statue of Baroness Thatcher in Parliament Square after new plans were submitted – six months after it was shelved over fears of vandalism.

The original idea for the memorial to the controversial former prime minister, who died in 2013, was blocked in July over fears it would be attacked.

 

There is already a 7ft bronze of Baroness Thatcher in the House of Commons, off Central Lobby outside the doors to the chamber.

In 2002 a statue of the former Conservative leader was decapitated at Guildhall Art Gallery in London by a man who attacked it with a metal pole.

If erected the deceased Tory leader would stand alongside Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela and Gandhi.

According to the Evening Standard the plans, which have gone back to members of Westminster city council’s planning applications sub-committee include building a four metre-high granite plinth for it to stand on and minimising “any ledges or other protuberance that could be used as climbing aids”.

Sockets will also be put on the plinth so hoardings can easily be wrapped around the statue “during demonstrations or other sensitive times”.

Four objections were received from the owners of nearby properties with one saying the former Prime Minister’s memory “is too divisive to have a statue erected in her honour”.

The statue would also contravene the borough’s 10-year rule which does not allow for memorials to be erected “before 10 years have elapsed from the death of the individual”.

A report prepared for councillors, who will vote on whether to back the plans at a meeting next Tuesday, advised them to refuse permission and tell the statue’s backers to come back with “a more appropriate design for the statue and evidence of support from the Thatcher family” after the 10-year rule is up.

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Source : https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5375834/plan-for-margaret-thatcher-statue-in-londons-parliament-square-set-to-be-rejected-because-there-are-already-too-many-monuments-in-the-area/
Source : https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/plans-life-size-half-statue-11869422

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