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February 22, 2013

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Save Our Chartist Mural Campaign

Mr. Flynn, you say that: "No area in the whole of the UK had done more to honour the memory of the Chartists and advance their ideals than Newport. To suggest that the Council would do anything to disrespect that memory is nonsense on stilts."

In light of the official planning documentation we have cited on our campaign page (http://www.facebook.com/SaveOurMural), can you please tell us how the Council's plans - to demolish the Chartists Mural and dump it in a skip - can be considered anything other than disrespectful to the memory of these men? Men who died for the democracy we all enjoy today and that pays you a handsome wage, not to mention your expenses...

If Birmingham managed to successfully relocate Kenneth Budd's JFK Mural (4.5m × 14m!) during the development of its city then can you please tell us why the council for your constituency is incapable of doing the same for Budd's Chartist Mural? Ref: http://youtu.be/nkZG0z4BvLE and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._F._Kennedy_Memorial,_Birmingham

Regards,


Save Our Mural
(http://twitter.com/SaveOurMural)

PS. We now have over 1,200 petitioners and hundreds of comments in support for the saving of our mural: http://www.change.org/en-GB/organisations/save_our_mural - our supporters would appreciate your joining our cause and signing up too.

Paul Flynn

Copy of Letter received:

This issues should be dead by now. The mural was inspected to see if could be removed whole and then refitted in the new shopping complex- if it ever gets built.


The result of the survey was that this could not be done so the only way it could be restored would be piece by piece like a roman archeological dig.


The cost of this would be enormous so a decision was made to take high resolution photos of the site that could then be prominently displayed in the new shopping centre.


Of course this was in 2007-08 this has gone off the agenda since.


It would be better to commission a new Chartist artwork than spend cash on moving it.


This has brought mixed reactions of course

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