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Protest fails to block Jubilee weathervane
3:00pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
PLANS for a jubilee-themed weathervane that was branded a possible traffic hazard have been given the goahead.
Much Cowarne Group Parish Council wants to build the commemorative sculpture on Burley Gate roundabout – on the A465 Hereford to Bromyard road – as a lasting tribute to the 60 years on the throne.
The idea was granted approval by Herefordshire Council’s planning committee despite several objections.
One came from Anthony Schaanning, who lives in nearby Ocle Pychard.
He wrote to planners saying the 10ft sculpture would be in the wrong place and likely to be stolen.
Imogen Massey-Field, who lives in Burley Gate, said there had been “no real consultation”.
“The Diamond Jubilee was last year,” she said.
“The Queen has plenty of other sites which celebrate her glorious reign in a much more professional and pleasing way.
“This weathervane is not attractive, it isn’t needed, it’s been poorly thought out and it is a safety hazard.”
In applying for the vane, the parish council’s chairman, Councillor Martin Hoskins, said the idea was a joint plan between themselves and Ocle Pychard Parish Council in response to calls to light beacons in their patch to mark the Queen’s anniversary last year. He said: “Our parish didn’t have a suitable site for a beacon.
“We decided we would put the money towards something that would be there a bit longer.”
After approaching Ocle Pychard they decided to try to put the sculpture on the Burley Gate roundabout, which is the boundary of the two parish councils.
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