Big response to call for Chartist mural ideas
7:10am Wednesday 4th December 2013 in News
MORE than 200 responses to a consultation for a replacement for the Chartist Mural are being trawled by officers after the exercise shut last Saturday.
But the results are not yet known with Newport council saying submissions and comments from members of the public are now being reviewed.
A further announcement is expected in the New Year.
The consultation for a replacement memorial was launched following the controversy over the destruction of the Chartist Mural in October, sparked over its timing ahead of a demonstration in support.
But since the questionnaire was set-up on the Newport Council website Hollywood star Michael Sheen became involved in the debate, agreeing to be a founder trustee of a new trust to back a new commemoration to the Chartists.
The results of the questionnaire – effectively in part a vote – will be passed to the new trust, which will receive £50,000 for the cost of the commemoration.
Under the consultation people who took part could vote whether they would like to see a mural, a painting, a relief panel or a digital projection in Newport Market.
But it also asked residents if they have any alternative suggestions for the artwork.
It is likely that the new trust will want to further consult on the ideas, with the possibility of some form of a ballot before a final decision is made.
The trust will also be raising money internationally and nationally for commemoration.
Further details of the trust, including who else other than Mr Sheen will be a trustee, have yet to be announced.
The consultation deadline for the questionnaire was extended from the end of October to the end of November.
The Chartist Mural commemorated the 1839 armed Newport Chartist Rising when thousands marched to Newport – more than 20 Chartists were killed or died of their injuries.
A Newport council spokeswoman said yesterday: “Newport City Council received more than 200 responses to its consultation on a replacement for the Chartist mural.
“The results and comments will now be reviewed and there will be a further announcement in the New Year.”
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