GLC councillor's call over Newport Chartist Mural

South Wales Argus: The demolition of the Chartist mural in Newport (1317500) The demolition of the Chartist mural in Newport (1317500)

A LABOUR councillor has called for more foresight at Newport council in the wake of the Chartist Mural debacle.

Rhys Hutchings, known beyond the city as a member of Goldie Lookin’ Chain, said the authority may have “taken a little bit of a jolt” over the affair but it was up to the Labour-run council to put it right.

There was criticism last week after the Chartist Mural was demolished with no prior warning, two days before a demonstration against the move.

Cllr Hutchings, a backbencher who represents St Julians, said he had a 20 minute conversation with the Labour leader Bob Bright yesterday where he was told that a statement was being worked on.

“I am doing my best here coming in to try and make sure that people are doing their best to move things forward,” he said.

“I don’t think anybody in Newport has been happy with the situation. The whole situation is far from ideal.

“Newport council might have taken a little bit of a jolt. It’s up to Newport council to put it right.”

He added: “Foresight is a wonderful thing. I think we need to get a bit more foresight in things going forward.”

An email from senior Tory Cllr David Fouweather to chief executive Will Godfrey asked whether he and Newport council leader Cllr Bob Bright were informed about the risks of demolition when they were briefed about it October 2, the day before the event.

Cllr Fouweather wrote: “This was yours and the leader of the council’s decision. You both could have stopped this and insisted that things were done differently. You did not.”

Plans to demolish the mural ahead of the Friars Walk redevelopment were formed in March 2012 when the council was run by a Tory/Lib Dem administration.

On Wednesday the Argus exclusively revealed that Mr Godfrey had apologised to councillors for officers not informing them of the imminent destruction of the mural.

He told councillors that he and the leader were informed of the demolition was imminent on October 2, although no precise date or time was indicated.

Campaigners are hoping that they can recover the rubble from the demolition so artists can create a new piece to commemorate the mural.

The council has confirmed that the mural rubble is in a safe location while it decides what to do with it.

However a spokeswoman said yesterday that Cllr Bright was not available for interview.

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5:47pm Thu 10 Oct 13

Woodgnome says...

Is there a prize for the first person to spot Bright? Where is he and why has he made no public statement?
Is there a prize for the first person to spot Bright? Where is he and why has he made no public statement? Woodgnome

5:51pm Thu 10 Oct 13

KarloMarko says...

GLC new twelve inch..."Blowing in the wind" c/w "Cover my back".
GLC new twelve inch..."Blowing in the wind" c/w "Cover my back". KarloMarko

5:59pm Thu 10 Oct 13

tootsandtash says...

They all ought to be ashamed of themselves including the men who broke it up if they are union members they should known the important message in the Mural of Frost and the others fighting for union rights
They all ought to be ashamed of themselves including the men who broke it up if they are union members they should known the important message in the Mural of Frost and the others fighting for union rights tootsandtash

6:46pm Thu 10 Oct 13

Hypnotron says...

Raised in a mansion, privately educated, made a name mocking the poor of Newport and promoting the town as a joke, moved to Cardiff to become a politician in an area he has no connection to.

And people wonder why Newport gets a raw deal.
Raised in a mansion, privately educated, made a name mocking the poor of Newport and promoting the town as a joke, moved to Cardiff to become a politician in an area he has no connection to. And people wonder why Newport gets a raw deal. Hypnotron

6:58pm Thu 10 Oct 13

Indigo Pete says...

Yes where is Bob Bright the Oxymoron ?

He promised as leader of the council in 2007 the mural WOULD be saved and he was comitted to saving it.....
This is no longer about the Mural it is about the underhand way the council did the dirty on Newport.
We still don't know who is responsible
WIl Godfrey's apology was to the council NOT the people of Newport
There has been no response to any questions raised by many
It Bob Bright and alien has he been called back to his own planet for upsetting an intergalactic treaty ?
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Yes where is Bob Bright the Oxymoron ? He promised as leader of the council in 2007 the mural WOULD be saved and he was comitted to saving it..... This is no longer about the Mural it is about the underhand way the council did the dirty on Newport. We still don't know who is responsible WIl Godfrey's apology was to the council NOT the people of Newport There has been no response to any questions raised by many It Bob Bright and alien has he been called back to his own planet for upsetting an intergalactic treaty ? . Indigo Pete

7:00pm Thu 10 Oct 13

Indigo Pete says...

and now with the correct spelling

Yes where is Bob Bright the Oxymoron ?

He promised as leader of the council in 2007 the mural WOULD be saved and he was comitted to saving it.....
This is no longer about the Mural it is about the underhand way the council did the dirty on Newport.
We still don't know who is responsible
WIl Godfrey's apology was to the council NOT the people of Newport
There has been no response to any questions raised by many
Is Bob Bright an alien has he been called back to his own planet for upsetting an intergalactic treaty ?
and now with the correct spelling Yes where is Bob Bright the Oxymoron ? He promised as leader of the council in 2007 the mural WOULD be saved and he was comitted to saving it..... This is no longer about the Mural it is about the underhand way the council did the dirty on Newport. We still don't know who is responsible WIl Godfrey's apology was to the council NOT the people of Newport There has been no response to any questions raised by many Is Bob Bright an alien has he been called back to his own planet for upsetting an intergalactic treaty ? Indigo Pete

7:04pm Thu 10 Oct 13

Magor says...

Come the next elections Bob Dim and all his cronies must go,along with MPs and AMs that represent Newport.
Come the next elections Bob Dim and all his cronies must go,along with MPs and AMs that represent Newport. Magor

7:10pm Thu 10 Oct 13

GBlayney says...

Expected more from Rhys in this and his band mates - They were very quick off the mark to respond to Newport State of Mind but not a peep about something as important as this to the people of the town!
Expected more from Rhys in this and his band mates - They were very quick off the mark to respond to Newport State of Mind but not a peep about something as important as this to the people of the town! GBlayney

7:43pm Thu 10 Oct 13

Votefornoneoftheabove says...

So Rhys spoke to Bob who said, " A statement is being worked on" translated as, we are going to feed the public of Newport crap and hopefully they will buy it!

Mr Hutchings should quite rightly defend Bob after all Bob was delighted when Rhys decided to run for the council as per an Argus report in March 2011.

I have heard a whisper that Bob hasn't ben seen as he is going under cover as a roadie for Rhys and the GLC on there up and coming UK tour! As a homage to Bob they are changing the lyrics to one of there hits " Your Mothers Got A P***s" to Newport's Leader is a P***s!

Also hot off the press Bob is also living locally with Rhys in his Newport residence in Cardiff......

Rhys come on mate, lets get to reality, it appears pretty clear that Bob and Will Godfrey made the call knowing full well that there was a protest planned, so they need to go.

The people of Newport would have appreciated it more if you said, " I have asked Bob over a twenty minute meeting to step down as he is clearly not up to the job" rather than the dross you have put out basically attempting to deflect all the criticism that both the leader and chief executive deserve.

Good luck with the tour, I am sure the residents of St Julians who you represent all have tickets at the ready waiting to show you the adulation you fully deserve for representing them.

Which Newport councillor is going to finally stand up to Bob Bright and remove him as Leader, that man or woman will be the one who finally begins to heal the wounds Not So Bright has opened. My money is still on Chris Evans, so come on Chris lets move Newport forward!
So Rhys spoke to Bob who said, " A statement is being worked on" translated as, we are going to feed the public of Newport crap and hopefully they will buy it! Mr Hutchings should quite rightly defend Bob after all Bob was delighted when Rhys decided to run for the council as per an Argus report in March 2011. I have heard a whisper that Bob hasn't ben seen as he is going under cover as a roadie for Rhys and the GLC on there up and coming UK tour! As a homage to Bob they are changing the lyrics to one of there hits " Your Mothers Got A P***s" to Newport's Leader is a P***s! Also hot off the press Bob is also living locally with Rhys in his Newport residence in Cardiff...... Rhys come on mate, lets get to reality, it appears pretty clear that Bob and Will Godfrey made the call knowing full well that there was a protest planned, so they need to go. The people of Newport would have appreciated it more if you said, " I have asked Bob over a twenty minute meeting to step down as he is clearly not up to the job" rather than the dross you have put out basically attempting to deflect all the criticism that both the leader and chief executive deserve. Good luck with the tour, I am sure the residents of St Julians who you represent all have tickets at the ready waiting to show you the adulation you fully deserve for representing them. Which Newport councillor is going to finally stand up to Bob Bright and remove him as Leader, that man or woman will be the one who finally begins to heal the wounds Not So Bright has opened. My money is still on Chris Evans, so come on Chris lets move Newport forward! Votefornoneoftheabove

8:08pm Thu 10 Oct 13

Vox Dei says...

GBlayney wrote:
Expected more from Rhys in this and his band mates - They were very quick off the mark to respond to Newport State of Mind but not a peep about something as important as this to the people of the town!
Not important to everyone...
[quote][p][bold]GBlayney[/bold] wrote: Expected more from Rhys in this and his band mates - They were very quick off the mark to respond to Newport State of Mind but not a peep about something as important as this to the people of the town![/p][/quote]Not important to everyone... Vox Dei

8:15pm Thu 10 Oct 13

Katie Re-Registered says...

Hmmm...words seem uncharacteristically weasely there considering Rhys Hutchings and his GLC bandmates are so aggressively vocal in 'bravely' pulling apart already oppressed, powerless minority groups like transsexuals in songs such as 'Your Mother's Got a Penis'. But then again, I guess it's much more safer and a sure fire route to the bank to make fun of the already marginalised than to satirise those who really do need to be knocked off their high horses - i.e. the faceless politicians in their identical matching suits and ties. Nevertheless, I mustn't be mean and spoil the comfort blanket that GLC snuggle under that their transphobia and ritual sucking up to the heterosexist gender normative mainstream politico-media establishment actually instead makes them really 'edgy'. Aw...bless;)
Hmmm...words seem uncharacteristically weasely there considering Rhys Hutchings and his GLC bandmates are so aggressively vocal in 'bravely' pulling apart already oppressed, powerless minority groups like transsexuals in songs such as 'Your Mother's Got a Penis'. But then again, I guess it's much more safer and a sure fire route to the bank to make fun of the already marginalised than to satirise those who really do need to be knocked off their high horses - i.e. the faceless politicians in their identical matching suits and ties. Nevertheless, I mustn't be mean and spoil the comfort blanket that GLC snuggle under that their transphobia and ritual sucking up to the heterosexist gender normative mainstream politico-media establishment actually instead makes them really 'edgy'. Aw...bless;) Katie Re-Registered

12:12am Fri 11 Oct 13

Frankfurt says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
Hmmm...words seem uncharacteristically weasely there considering Rhys Hutchings and his GLC bandmates are so aggressively vocal in 'bravely' pulling apart already oppressed, powerless minority groups like transsexuals in songs such as 'Your Mother's Got a Penis'. But then again, I guess it's much more safer and a sure fire route to the bank to make fun of the already marginalised than to satirise those who really do need to be knocked off their high horses - i.e. the faceless politicians in their identical matching suits and ties. Nevertheless, I mustn't be mean and spoil the comfort blanket that GLC snuggle under that their transphobia and ritual sucking up to the heterosexist gender normative mainstream politico-media establishment actually instead makes them really 'edgy'. Aw...bless;)
What?????
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: Hmmm...words seem uncharacteristically weasely there considering Rhys Hutchings and his GLC bandmates are so aggressively vocal in 'bravely' pulling apart already oppressed, powerless minority groups like transsexuals in songs such as 'Your Mother's Got a Penis'. But then again, I guess it's much more safer and a sure fire route to the bank to make fun of the already marginalised than to satirise those who really do need to be knocked off their high horses - i.e. the faceless politicians in their identical matching suits and ties. Nevertheless, I mustn't be mean and spoil the comfort blanket that GLC snuggle under that their transphobia and ritual sucking up to the heterosexist gender normative mainstream politico-media establishment actually instead makes them really 'edgy'. Aw...bless;)[/p][/quote]What????? Frankfurt

7:39am Fri 11 Oct 13

BernardCCC says...

Lack of foresight? What a joke.
Lack of foresight? What a joke. BernardCCC

3:24pm Fri 11 Oct 13

FrannieB says...

BOB BRIGHT - the first to campaign for a gambling casino .

The council leader who happily destroyed a testament to the triumph of the human spirit over that of repression and coercion.

RESIGN !!!!!!!!!!!!!
BOB BRIGHT - the first to campaign for a gambling casino . The council leader who happily destroyed a testament to the triumph of the human spirit over that of repression and coercion. RESIGN !!!!!!!!!!!!! FrannieB

11:24am Sat 12 Oct 13

SaveOurMural says...

NCC: WE ACCUSE

We, the people, accuse the diabolical Newport City Council - led by Councillor Bob Bright - of harmful work and gross miscarriage of duties leading to the destruction on 3rd October 2013 (henceforth known as #BlackYellowAndGreen
Thursday) of the much-loved Newport's Chartist Mural (henceforth remembered as #ThePeoplesMural) by the guiltiest and most absurd of machinations; machinations that were black hearted and yellow livered, motivated by the green cash of the London-based developers, Queensberry Real Estate, whose pocket-book was sorely lacking when it came to paying for the mural's relocation.

We accuse NCC's Chief Executive Officer, Will Godfrey, of reneging on his promise to do everything he could to relocate the mural if it was technically feasible to do so, and of being an accomplice, if by weakness of spirit or momentary lapse of judgement, in one of the greatest iniquities ever perpetrated against the memory of the Newport Chartists and their descendants, the good people of Newport, who have lent their name to a 4,700-signature petition, ignored by said executive.

We accuse NCC's Executive Head of Planning, Sheila Davies, of having held in her hands the unquestionable evidence of the technical feasibility of relocating the Newport Chartist Mural and of suppressing it, guilty of this crime against Art, History and the memory of the Newport Chartists, thus wounding justice and mortally injuring the mural, all with a political aim to save the compromised council in its dealings with Queensberry.

We accuse Edwina Hart AM (for her funding) and John Griffiths AM (for his remarkable laisser-faire attitude) as accomplices of the same crime against Art, History and the memory of the Newport Chartists - one undoubtedly by clerical passion or momentary absence of mind; the other perhaps by a spirit of body, temporary or otherwise, that has inhabited those others from our past who are now remembered as destroyers of art.

We accuse the Welsh Government and its quango, Cadw, of performing a rogue investigation, by which we mean an investigation of the most monstrous complacency, of which we have, in the report of the second, an imperishable monument of naive audacity.

We accuse the two 'experts', Mann Williams and Cliveden Conservation, of submitting erroneous advice, figures and reports, unless an independent examination declares them to be affected by a disease of sight or judgment or some other extenuating circumstances.

.../...

.../2


We accuse the NCC’s press department of carrying out an abominable press campaign, particularly in the South Wales Argus, to mislead the public regarding the cost and time it would take to safely remove and relocate the Newport Chartist Mural, and cover the council's fault in the events that led to the dastardly deed of 3rd October 2013. Whether this was deliberate, or as a result of an erroneous engineer's report, we are yet to determine so respectfully insist on this report being made available for inspection, as is the right of the public, the lawful owners of said report, paid for by the taxpayer.

Finally, we accuse the council’s 50 councillors of violating the laws of decency by condemning the Newport Chartist Mural to a most ugly and unceremonious end on 3rd October 2013 with unrevealed evidence, and we accuse the council leaders of covering up this offence against justice and humanity, by secret order in a most devious and conniving manner, ultimately riding roughshod over the people's feelings in the rush to demolish, just two days before a scheduled public demonstration.

While proclaiming these charges, we are aware that we are speaking with ill will against the above cited vagabonds, vandals and philistines, but we do so voluntarily in the hope that this forces the subject of the Newport Chartist Mural to be explored and known in far greater detail by the public.

As for the people we accuse, we do not know them personally. To us, they are only entities, spirits of social evil. And the act we are hereby accomplishing is only a revolutionary means to hasten the explosion of truth and justice.

Henceforth, for the reasons cited above, we shall forever refer to the NCC as #NewportCluelessCoun
cil.

Signed,


The People of Newport


Authors' note: We would like to thank ÉMILE ZOLA, posthumously, for his great personal sacrifice and our inspiration in the writing of this statement.

#NewportInsurrection

#PowerToThePeople
NCC: WE ACCUSE We, the people, accuse the diabolical Newport City Council - led by Councillor Bob Bright - of harmful work and gross miscarriage of duties leading to the destruction on 3rd October 2013 (henceforth known as #BlackYellowAndGreen Thursday) of the much-loved Newport's Chartist Mural (henceforth remembered as #ThePeoplesMural) by the guiltiest and most absurd of machinations; machinations that were black hearted and yellow livered, motivated by the green cash of the London-based developers, Queensberry Real Estate, whose pocket-book was sorely lacking when it came to paying for the mural's relocation. We accuse NCC's Chief Executive Officer, Will Godfrey, of reneging on his promise to do everything he could to relocate the mural if it was technically feasible to do so, and of being an accomplice, if by weakness of spirit or momentary lapse of judgement, in one of the greatest iniquities ever perpetrated against the memory of the Newport Chartists and their descendants, the good people of Newport, who have lent their name to a 4,700-signature petition, ignored by said executive. We accuse NCC's Executive Head of Planning, Sheila Davies, of having held in her hands the unquestionable evidence of the technical feasibility of relocating the Newport Chartist Mural and of suppressing it, guilty of this crime against Art, History and the memory of the Newport Chartists, thus wounding justice and mortally injuring the mural, all with a political aim to save the compromised council in its dealings with Queensberry. We accuse Edwina Hart AM (for her funding) and John Griffiths AM (for his remarkable laisser-faire attitude) as accomplices of the same crime against Art, History and the memory of the Newport Chartists - one undoubtedly by clerical passion or momentary absence of mind; the other perhaps by a spirit of body, temporary or otherwise, that has inhabited those others from our past who are now remembered as destroyers of art. We accuse the Welsh Government and its quango, Cadw, of performing a rogue investigation, by which we mean an investigation of the most monstrous complacency, of which we have, in the report of the second, an imperishable monument of naive audacity. We accuse the two 'experts', Mann Williams and Cliveden Conservation, of submitting erroneous advice, figures and reports, unless an independent examination declares them to be affected by a disease of sight or judgment or some other extenuating circumstances. .../... .../2 We accuse the NCC’s press department of carrying out an abominable press campaign, particularly in the South Wales Argus, to mislead the public regarding the cost and time it would take to safely remove and relocate the Newport Chartist Mural, and cover the council's fault in the events that led to the dastardly deed of 3rd October 2013. Whether this was deliberate, or as a result of an erroneous engineer's report, we are yet to determine so respectfully insist on this report being made available for inspection, as is the right of the public, the lawful owners of said report, paid for by the taxpayer. Finally, we accuse the council’s 50 councillors of violating the laws of decency by condemning the Newport Chartist Mural to a most ugly and unceremonious end on 3rd October 2013 with unrevealed evidence, and we accuse the council leaders of covering up this offence against justice and humanity, by secret order in a most devious and conniving manner, ultimately riding roughshod over the people's feelings in the rush to demolish, just two days before a scheduled public demonstration. While proclaiming these charges, we are aware that we are speaking with ill will against the above cited vagabonds, vandals and philistines, but we do so voluntarily in the hope that this forces the subject of the Newport Chartist Mural to be explored and known in far greater detail by the public. As for the people we accuse, we do not know them personally. To us, they are only entities, spirits of social evil. And the act we are hereby accomplishing is only a revolutionary means to hasten the explosion of truth and justice. Henceforth, for the reasons cited above, we shall forever refer to the NCC as #NewportCluelessCoun cil. Signed, The People of Newport Authors' note: We would like to thank ÉMILE ZOLA, posthumously, for his great personal sacrifice and our inspiration in the writing of this statement. #NewportInsurrection #PowerToThePeople SaveOurMural

8:51pm Sun 13 Oct 13

Len... says...

This destruction of out Chartist Mural by the wrecking crew of Newport Council was undemocratic underhanded vandalism with fascist undertones, what regimes behave this way and destroy art? Also the uncreative behaviour of those responsible is an indicator that should not be ignored. Also the pathetic pr spinning used to try to end their pr nightmare is laughable. We need change! we need creative responsible people with intelligence leading the way to redeveloping Newport, We need to have our Chartist Mural re built by the original artist's son. Those pieces handed out by the police or taken by residents should be asked for and those handing their pieces back given a special artwork of our Chartist Mural. Those responsible should be prosecuted!
This destruction of out Chartist Mural by the wrecking crew of Newport Council was undemocratic underhanded vandalism with fascist undertones, what regimes behave this way and destroy art? Also the uncreative behaviour of those responsible is an indicator that should not be ignored. Also the pathetic pr spinning used to try to end their pr nightmare is laughable. We need change! we need creative responsible people with intelligence leading the way to redeveloping Newport, We need to have our Chartist Mural re built by the original artist's son. Those pieces handed out by the police or taken by residents should be asked for and those handing their pieces back given a special artwork of our Chartist Mural. Those responsible should be prosecuted! Len...

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