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Old 06-28-2007, 03:44 AM
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London's Calls for Statue Restrictions

There is a video in this online BBC article.

London Life - Calls for statue restrictions

1 June 2007, Westminster Council is concerned about the lack of space for new monuments and wants new restrictions on the number of statues allowed....

The number of new statues commemorating famous people could be limited under new proposals, according to a new council report.

A Westminster Council report says new sites for free standing memorials in the borough are rapidly diminishing.

As an alternative, the document proposes more "living memorials", such as trees or gardens, which would provide quiet locations for reflection.

The report is under public consultation for the next six weeks.

Councillors are also considering a "saturation zone" in Whitehall where just under half of Westminster's memorials are located.

This would mean applications for new statues and monuments would not normally be permitted here unless there is an "exceptionally good reason", such as in the wake of a large-scale disaster.

Councillor Robert Davis, Westminster's Cabinet Member for Planning, said: "With each new memorial the number of suitable sites diminishes and some parts of the city such as Whitehall have already reached saturation point.

"To tackle this we are proposing to limit the number of statues in Westminster which we hope will encourage a greater and fairer distribution in other parts of the capital and the UK." .....
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