Grantham Thatcher statue approved despite vandal fears

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Police recommended the statue should be placed on a high plinth to curb the threat of vandalism

Plans for a statue of Baroness Thatcher in her home town of Grantham have been approved despite vandalism concerns.

South Kesteven District Council planners voted in favour of the £300,000 statue to be erected on St Peter’s Hill in the town.

It comes after a report stated the sculpture could become “a target for politically-motivated vandals”.

Lincolnshire Police said they did not oppose the application, but urged appropriate security measures be used.

The 10ft-high statue, which has been privately funded, will be placed on a granite plinth of the same height.

During a planning meeting, committee chairman Martin Wilkins attempted to remind fellow councillors the panel was non-political body.

One councillor said: “This is a statue of Margaret Thatcher, how can it not be political?”

Another councillor, Charmaine Morgan, said she would not vote on the application and spoke against it: “It is currently being held in an out of sight, secret location.

“Perhaps it should stay there.”

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The statue of former prime minister Baroness Thatcher was designed by sculptor Douglas Jennings

Supporters, including Grantham Community Heritage Association (GCHA), which runs the town’s museum, said the statue was a “fitting tribute to a unique political figure”.

It also said it would encourage visitors to the town “from both sides of the debate”.

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A report to the council said: “The divisive nature of Baroness Thatcher due to her political career and policy legacy and the potential for this to result in vandalism has been raised as a concern.”

The sculpture was offered to Grantham last July after the original plans for it to be erected in Parliament Square in Westminster were rejected.

  • Margaret Hilda Thatcher was born on 13 October 1925 in Grantham, Lincolnshire
  • Attended Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School and left in 1943 to start a chemistry degree at the University of Oxford.
  • First stood for Parliament in the 1950 election and was elected as Conservative MP for Finchley in 1959
  • Defeated Ted Heath in Tory leadership contest in 1975
  • Became the UK’s first female prime minister, after the Conservative election victory in 1979

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