Wavendon Parish Council, at its meeting on Monday 19th November 2012, agreed to seek local resident’s views on a proposed public art piece to be sited on The Fen Street Roundabout of the A421 approaching Milton Keynes from Junction 13 of the M1.
The piece, which would be funded from planning gain monies from the neighbouring Magna Park development and would not require one penny from public funds, would be of a leaping man symbolic of and celebrating the Olympic success of Woburn Sands resident Greg Rutherford without being an attempt to create a life like statue representation of Milton Keynes Golden son. The view the image please click here. The Leaping Man
Local ward councillor and Chairman of the Parish Council David Hopkins commented ‘the public art piece would be an iconic landmark at the gateway to Milton Keynes, symbolic of the success of the city and of one its famous sons and representative of the ‘can do’, winning culture that has come to represent everything that is great about brand MK’
The Parish Council was further cheered by the news that a local business had come forward to offer finance for the on-going maintenance and cleaning of the piece once constructed so that there would be no future liability upon public funds.
The future of the project will be with MK Council planners and MK Council Highways engineers who must approve the scheme (assuming it receives enthusiastic public support). Cllr Hopkins continued ‘It would of course be highly ironic if a piece commissioned to symbolise the ‘can do’ attitude of MK were to be scuppered by a ‘can’t do’ response from local public officials’!