Newport mural demolition

Hundreds of people have protested about the demolition of an historic chartist mural in Newport. The Council have removed it as part of a shopping centre development.

Council Chief apologises over Newport mural

The Chartist Mural was completed in 1978

The Chief Executive of Newport Council has apologised for not telling councillors when a commemorative mural was due to be demolished.

The Chartist mural was removed from the city last week, to make way for a new shopping centre.

The Council said it had to be taken down at short notice, because the area was unsafe.

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Protestors gather at site of Newport mural demolition

Newport mural protest
Protecting the past: Protestors are unhappy about mural demolition Credit: ITV News Wales

Around 200 protestors have gathered in Newport to voice their anger at the demolition of a mural dedicated to the chartist movement. The artwork was taken down by the council on Thursday as part of a £100m shopping centre development.

The artwork depicted the 1839 Chartist uprising in a subway off John Frost Square and was created in 1978.

Further protests planned against 'ruthless demolition'

The Chartist Mural was completed in 1978

Newport residents and members of Wales Green party will be further demonstrating against the removal of the Newport Chartists Mural.

The mosaic artwork was taken down on Thursday to make way for a new multi-million pound shopping area.

Protesters have been asked to wear black as sign of mourning at the loss of the mural.

In a statement Newport City Council says , The removal of the Chartist mural was part of essential pre-demolition work that had to be carried out before the major contract begins at the end of October. The mural was integrally linked to the car park.

The area was fenced off back in July following a survey of the Capitol car park by structural engineers that flagged up that urgent advance works were required for safety reasons to protect the public."

Photo shows demolished Newport Chartist Mural

This photograph was sent to us, appearing to show the wall in Newport city centre with the Chartist Mural having been demolished. Credit: Ieuan Berry

Newport City Council said earlier the mural was in "a very precarious position", attached to the wall "which is extremely unsafe."

"The council has had to take immediate action with regards to pre-demolition preparations and safety precautions. Major demolition work will be starting at the end of this month."

Protesters in Newport as mural demolition begins

People were handing around bits of the mural removed by workers today.

A few dozen protesters have been in Newport city centre to demonstrate, as the demolition of the city's Chartist Mural began.

Protesters voiced their anger towards Newport City Council.

The council says it "had to take immediate action" because the wall the mural was on was "extremely unsafe."

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'Very sad day' as mural demolition begins

People in Newport have been expressing their sadness at the demolition of the city's Chartist Mural, commemorating the uprising of 1839.

A demonstration against the decision to remove the mural was due to be held on Saturday, but Newport City Council says it had to act immediately for safety reasons.

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Must say it's a very sad day for us Newport people with the Chartist Mural being demolished

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Sad to hear of destruction of Newport's Chartist mural. To do so in advance of a planned protest is (at best) heartless and arrogant.

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It scared me as a kid but Such a shame about Chartist Mural in Newport being demolished, very sad?

Council 'committed' to creating new Chartist memorial

The decision was taken in March 2012 to replace Newport's Chartist Mural, as part of the redevelopment of the city centre, with a new 'Friars Walk' shopping complex.

Welsh heritage organisation Cadw decided not to list the mural at national level on grounds of special architectural interest.

The Chartist Mural was completed in 1978.

Newport City Council says it is "committed to commissioning an alternative solution to commemorate the Chartist movement and will be consulting with the public on the nature of this different form of celebration shortly."

"The council would like the new commemoration to celebrate the Chartist movement to be in a more accessible location which can be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike, as well as enhancing the historical connection between Newport and the Chartist movement."

Newport Council: Demolition started as mural 'unsafe'

Newport City Council says it "had to take immediate action" in beginning to remove the Chartist Mural in the city centre, two days before a planned protest against its demolition, for safety reasons.

Newport City Council recognises how important the Chartist history is to Newport.

The mural is a modern day depiction of an historical event that happened in Newport and has served to remind us of Newport’s past, but we must now focus on Newport’s future.

The current Chartist mural is in a very precarious position, as it is attached to the wall of the multi-storey car park which is extremely unsafe.

The council has had to take immediate action with regards to pre-demolition preparations and safety precautions.

Major demolition work will be starting at the end of this month.

– Newport City Council spokesperson

Demolition of Newport Chartist Mural begins

Work to demolish the Chartist Mural has begun. Credit: Save Newport Art

The controversial demolition of an historic artwork in Newport has begun today.

The mural commemorates the 1839 Chartist uprising.

It is a mosaic of 200,000 pieces of tile and glass, in a subway off John Frost Square - named after the rebellion's leader.

The demolition has begun two days before campaigners plan to stage a demonstration against its removal in the city centre.

It is being pulled down to make way for a new shopping centre.

Thousands of people signed a petition to save it.

Newport City Council has said the cost of moving the mural is not economically viable.