Villagers get their chance to vote on new statues

Kim BriscoeFamilies in Thorpe St Andrew are being asked to say where they think new town statues should be sited.Kim Briscoe

Families in Thorpe St Andrew are being asked to say where they think new town statues should be sited.

Thorpe St Andrew Town Council has paid for two new statues of St Andrew holding a cross to be cast by a local company in metal.

Now the council is asking for the public's opinion on where the effigies should be placed.

The town's statue was first designed about 50 years ago, and it was based on a similar one of St Andrew in the parish church.

There is currently a statue at the top end of Dussindale Drive, near Plumstead Road, and another at St Andrews Park roundabout.

There is normally also a full-size statue in River Green, but this is the statue which has been copied and so is not currently in situ.

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One of these existing statues was vandalised last year.

It was unbolted from its stand, thrown about in the road and had a piece broken off.

So the town council decided to get one of the existing statues copied and cast by a local company so that more could be reproduced easily in the future.

Now the council is hoping to get permission to site them around the town.

Town council clerk Steven Ford said that while members had their own ideas about where the statues could be placed, they would be keen to hear what people living in Thorpe St Andrew thought.

He said: 'We would like to hear from members of the public. We are proposing St Williams Way as one of the locations but we want to hear if there are better sites people would suggest.

'The idea is that we would like to mark the boundaries of Thorpe St Andrew, so that people know when they are entering the town.'

Thorpe St Andrew Town Council, which is based at the Dussindale Centre in Pound Lane, can be contacted on 01603 701048 or by email at

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