Opinion split as sculpture gets a plinth

The Memorial in Church Green.
The Memorial in Church Green.

CHANGES have been made to a Ponteland sculpture.

The artwork by David Edwick on Coates Green was put in place in 2003. It depicts an ‘ordinary’ teacher with village children.

Ponteland Town Council decided to raise it onto a plinth and this was recently carried out, but some are unhappy with the modification and a few complaints have been made to the authority.

Those opposed believe the piece has lost its symbolic effect as a result of putting it on a platform.

Ponteland Mayor Peter Cowey said: “It’s hard to see the sculpture from the main road, so it was suggested that it could be raised onto a plinth.

“This is another example of the council needing to strike a balance as some people want a lot of modernisation in Ponteland and others want everything to stay the same.”

The authority has also agreed to fund some footpath repairs by Coates Green. Members approved a quote for £325 to carry out the works.