MHCLG introduces new rules requiring councils to notify secretary of state before approving statue removal

A new direction issued by the government requires local authorities to notify the secretary of state before they approve the full or partial demolition of a statue, monument, memorial or plaque that has been in place for 10 years or more.

by Gavin McEwan
The Rhodes Building of Oriel College, Oxford, which features a statue of controversial historical figure Sir Cecil Rhodes - image: Alf / Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)
The Rhodes Building of Oriel College, Oxford, which features a statue of controversial historical figure Sir Cecil Rhodes - image: Alf / Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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