Town council urge new start on Shaftesbury art project
TOWN councillors are looking to Shaftesbury Civic Society to give the option to start again on a public art project that has sparked objections.
The proposal to install art at The Commons as part of the town centre enhancement scheme resulted in angry exchanges at a presentation given by the chosen artists, Adam Zombory-Moldovan and Simon Thomas Pirie last month.
The Common Places project has been led by Shaftesbury Civic Society, which is inviting opinions in writing to help with a final design.
The council added the topic to the agenda of its planning and highways committee last week.
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It issued a statement this week stating: "Shaftesbury Town Council is confident that the Civic Society will reconsider its position and not under-estimate the importance of publicity and consultation in future.
"We would expect it to regain public support by making a full disclosure of the details of the process to date, by giving presentations to ensure that everyone understands the concepts involved, and by running a publicity and consultation process which includes the choice of modifying the current project or beginning again.
"We naturally expect the outcome of that consultation to be respected."
The project dates back to 2001 when an architectural feature on the Commons was noted as part of the enhancement scheme.
In January 2012 the town council granted £5,000 to help progress the scheme.
We would like to clarify a statement attributed to Councillor John Lewer in a report in last week's Blackmore Vale Magazine about the Common Places art project.
His comment should have stated: "It seems to me that the present situation is untenable unless enough evidence of both correct procedure and adequate public support can be demonstrated."