PLANS are afoot for a copy of a mural which previously commemorated the legacy of Chartism in Newport.

Rogerstone Community Council has revealed that - subject to planning permission - it hopes to unveil a new Chartist mural between the bottom of Ruskin Avenue and the top of Chartist Drive.

The proposed memorial will include a timeline to illustrate what led to the 1839 Newport Uprising; a petition made by the chartists; and a copy of the original mural which was torn down from John Frost Square during the development of Friars Walk.

The project will be funded with the help of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

Councillors from across the political divide have welcomed the move.

Deputy chairman of the council, Cllr Stephen Bowen, said: “This is a good day for the people of Rogerstone.”

Independent councillor Chris Evans, added: “I would like to pay tribute to Cllr Bowen for taking the original idea I put forward. It is heart-warming to see we are going to right a historic wrong by recreating our city’s beloved mural.”

Conservative Cllr Val Dudley said: “They [Chartists] passed through this area so it is good to recognise that.”

The new mural - if approved - will be constructed by Oliver Budd, the son of artist Kenneth Budd, who created the first mural in the 1970s.