Fears that Banksy will be removed from house in Cheltenham

There are fears that a Banksy is being removed from the wall of a house in Cheltenham

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Council put a stop to work to Grade II listed building

Mark Nelson, Built Environment Enforcement Manager, said:

Cheltenham Borough Council has issued a temporary stop notice to halt work on 159 Fairview Road for 28 days.

The temporary stop notice has been served because the Council considers that works have taken place to a Grade II listed building, which affects its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest, without obtaining consent.

The purpose of the notice is to stop works whilst discussions take place about the next steps.

It is worth clarifying that whilst the Council is supportive of the public's desire to keep the artwork on this property, the temporary stop notice has been issued to protect the integrity of this listed building.

Anonymous donor offers £10,000 to save Banksy

An anonymous business owner has donated £10,000 to keep Banksy's Spy Booth in Cheltenham.

The Woman's Business Club, who are leading the campaign to buy the art, say it was donated on the condition that other businesses in Cheltenham match the donation.

The group want to buy the art and the property and turn it into a museum to look at the history of GCHQ. A domain name for the venture has already been registered at www.thespycentre.co.uk.

Spy Booth has been boarded up and could be sold to a private collector Credit: ITV News West Country

Cheltenham WILL lose its Banksy

It seems Cheltenham WILL be losing its Banksy.

It's thought the owners of the property are about to accept a seven figure offer from an anonymous American art collector. Local business groups have been trying to raise funds to keep 'Spy Booth' in the town.

Ken Goodwin has sent this report

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Funds not found to save Cheltenham's Banksy

Business woman Angela De Souza says they have not come up with the funds they need to save the Banksy spies mural for Cheltenham.

They need;

  • £100,000 by midnight tonight as a deposit
  • £550,000 within 10 days
  • £100,000 of community funds within 3 months
  • £250,000 for purchase of the house

She was hoping to turn the whole house into The Spy Centre.

it would be a satellite museum to the history and importance of GCHQ and its part in the security of our nation from Bletchley Park to Drone control in the middle east, including the Edward Snowden debate and Julian Assange.

– Angela De Souza

But unless there's a sudden windfall, it looks like the plans may be on hold and the Banksy could be sold off.

Cheltenham now likely to lose it's Banksy

The Cheltenham Banksy could still be moved and sold.

It now seems the local community hasn't reached the target to buy the artwork to keep it in the town.

A lot of people became very upset when they heard the spy booth painting might be be removed, after scaffolding was put up around it last week. Today our Gloucestershire correspondent Ken Goodwin spoke with a London art dealer who's at the centre of the story.

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