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Kestrel plan grounded over steel

PUBLISHED: 17:59 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:44 11 August 2010

PLANS for a 25 metre kestrel sculpture have failed to get off the ground because of the soaring cost of steel. The council hoped to erect the mammoth art work on the green outside Dagenham s Civic Centre. It was intended to mark one of the main gateways

PLANS for a 25 metre 'kestrel' sculpture have failed to get off the ground because of the soaring cost of steel.

The council hoped to erect the mammoth art work on the green outside Dagenham's Civic Centre.

It was intended to mark one of the main gateways to the borough, and point the way to the country parks on the border with Havering.

But now the striking bird-like sculpture, christened 'the kestrel' has had its wings clipped.

International metal prices have rocketed in recent years, and this has made the artwork, which was to be made from tubular steel, too expensive.

However, the sporting legends statue, also due to be made of steel, will go ahead.

It will be located alongside the A13 and will feature steel silhouettes of Jason Leonard, Bobby Moore, Sir Alf Ramsey and Beverley Gull.


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