Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lotto for Lego

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lotto for Lego

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Byline: By Peter Young

Getting rid of the Legomen sculpture in Newcastle could cost hundreds of thousands of pounds, it was claimed.

Labour councillor Rob Higgins says the initiative by the city's new Liberal Democrat leaders could land the city with a hefty bill.

Lib Dem regeneration spokesman, Coun Greg Stone, said he'll look into the cost but did not believe it would be anywhere near what Coun Higgins claims.

The row blew up at the first meeting of the city council since the Lib Dems took control of the council following their election victory on June 10.

The Lib Dems have described the Legomen artwork, installed at the Haymarket five years ago, as a symbol of Labour folly. The sculpture cost pounds 270,000 and acts as a traffic barrier at the Haymarket. It has been branded an eyesore. It was nicknamed the Legomen because critics said the 52 concrete figures resembled Lego blocks.

The Lib Dems plan to move the artwork to a new skateboard rink in Exhibition Park which they say is a more appropriate location and put in railings at the Haymarket.

The plan is to carry out the work as part of a proposed pounds 9 million facelift for Haymarket Metro Station, if planning permission is granted. …

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