Today ClaretandHugh asked Newham’s council press office about progress to relocate the Champions statue on the corner of Green Street and Baking road we were told:
“There is no further update to this at this stage, the comment we previously gave the Newham Recorder is below is still valid”
A council spokesperson said: “No decision has been made on whether or not to relocate the statue. Any such decision would have to be made at a future Cabinet meeting. Stringent conditions have been placed on the relocation of the Champions Sculpture to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park that must be met before any move is agreed. Councillors agreed that it could only be moved once a fully funded plan was in place to improve the junction in Barking Road, where the sculpture currently stands, after it has been relocated. The conditions also included the installation of a piece of public art linking the area to West Ham United and that the road improvements and the costs of moving the sculpture should be funded by partners.”
So it appears the bronze statue featuring Bobby Moore, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst will be staying where it is for the time being despite planning permission granted for it’s relocation last year.
In January this year David Gold tweeted out: “The junction with Green St and Barking Rd is dangerous and needs to be reconfigured. You have too Move the statue dg”
I was pro moving the statue to the OS, but I think I prefer the idea now of the statue remaining, testament to the massive activity there used to be in the place, which will otherwise just become a forgotten, quiet backwater of East London to all (…..except WHU supporters…). Yeah, I now say leave it.
We can commission something new at the OS…..a 100 foot statue of Billy Bonds? …Arms folded defiantly saying to the opposition “You have to pass by me and all I stand for…Be scared…be real scared!”….
I can but dream!!