Government rather than councils ‘to take final say on removal of statues’

The government is reported to be seeking to change planning laws to give the housing secretary the final say on the removal of statues, plaques, and memorials, following cases in which councils have been put under local pressure to remove alleged links to Britain’s colonial past.

by Gavin McEwan
Pedestal of the former Edward Colston statue in Bristol - image: Caitlin Hobbs (CC BY 3.0)
Pedestal of the former Edward Colston statue in Bristol - image: Caitlin Hobbs (CC BY 3.0)

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