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£50,000 sculpture may be moved to Hadleigh Farm after Olympics
A £50,000 sculpture on the A13, designed to celebrate the Olympic mountain biking event, could be moved after the Games.
The artwork, depicting a cyclist riding on rocky terrain, is aimed at providing a lasting legacy to Hadleigh being chosen as one of only ten venues outside London to host an Olympic event.
However, residents fear it could be relocated to Hadleigh Farm after the mountain biking on August 11 and 12. Essex County Council confirmed a move is being considered.
Frustrated resident Bill Tiffin, of Arcadian Gardens, Hadleigh, claims repositioning it would leave it open to vandalism.
He said: “It is absolutely ludicrous. If they truly want it to be a legacy to the Games then the roundabout is already a great location, because everyone can see the sculpture as it’s right at the heart of the area.
“It is crazy to relocate it after all the work and money that has gone into it.
“If they put it in Hadleigh Farm it will just get vandalised and completely ruined because it will be out of sight, which would be a huge waste of money.”
It is understood contractors on site said the installation would only remain on the roundabout for a few weeks.
The concerns come after the Echo revealed the double standards of County Hall installing the sculpture before gaining appropriate planning permission from Castle Point Council.
An Essex County Council spokesman admitted Hadleigh Farm was being considered as a permanent venue.
He said: “One option being considered is a move to the Hadleigh Mountain Bike Venue to give future visitors an opportunity to reflect on the Games and the inspiring effect that this has had on the county.
“The sculpture will not be moved in six weeks and we will take on the views and opinions of residents to see where they would like this sculpture to be placed.”
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