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Owner of Banksy mural wall "strenuously objects" to the mural being listed

The man who owns 159 Fairview Road in Cheltenham - the external wall of which is covered in the Banksy 'Spy Booth' artwork - has said he "strenuously objects" to the mural being listed.

Among other reasons, David Possee said the piece is an unsolicited act of vandalism which he reported to the police. He added that a council stop order against any work being carried out on the wall has meant he has been forced to neglect repairs on the building and consequently has not been able to rent it.

Mr Possee concluded that if there is a genuine intention to find a way forward to protect the mural is should be retrospectively commissioned by the council to remove its illegal status.

You can read his full objections outlined below

  • The mural was and remains an illegal and unsolicited act of vandalism against the property, which was reported by myself to the police at the time of its discovery
  • A council stop order against any work being carried out to the flank wall of the property has led to unnecessary neglect and water ingress that has rendered the building effectively un-tenantable resulting in considerable and ongoing loss of income.
  • If it transpires that the flank wall is in fact not owned by myself, then the responsibility for all repairs and upkeep plus any claimable loss of income rests with the newly elected owner/owners.
  • The satellite dish cannot reasonably be included in the proposed listing as it is the private property of myself and the basis for its inclusion is entirely subjective based on a narrative applied to an act of vandalism by local and national press.
  • Similarly the telephone kiosk cannot reasonably be included in the proposed listing as it is privately owned and only becomes part of the assumed narrative if it is to be believed that the author owns some level of intellectual copyright for both the mural and its associated environment, which he does not as previously attested by the murals very existence as a reported criminal act.

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Security fences put up to protect people from potentially dangerous Banksy wall

Security fencing has been installed by council officers in Cheltenham to protect passers by from a potentially dangerous stretch of wall which includes the Banksy artwork known as the Spy Booth.

The flank wall of 159 Fairview Road has been fenced off to protect people from the potential danger of plater falling from it.

The scaffolding which surrounded the Banksy piece used to provide this protection, before it was removed last week.

Notices have been put up on the fencing warning people to stay out of this area. The owner of the building and the highways authority have been notified.

Cheltenham Banksy scaffolding mysteriously removed

Spy Booth scaffolding mysteriously removed Credit: ITV West Country/Ken Goodwin

Scaffolding and cladding which covered Cheltenham's famous Banksy, known as the spies, has been taken down today.

The art work, on the side of a house in Fairview road, was covered up after it was vandalised.

Local people had hoped to raise enough money to save the work for the town. A spokesman for The Bankrobber gallery in london, which had erected the scaffolding in the first place, says that it is no longer prepared to pay to protect the work.

Bankrobber is throwing down the gauntlet to the good people of cheltenham, in short we are no longer prepared to pay to protect the work?. So it's time for someone else to put their hands in their pockets. If not it will inevitably fall foul to both the elements and the vindictive souls ?who wish it ill.

– Robin Barton, Bankrobber Art Gallery
The Bankrobber Art Gallery paid for the scaffolding to prevent further damage Credit: ITV West Country/Ken Goodwin
Bankrobber Gallery no longer prepared to pay to protect the work Credit: ITV West Country/Ken Goodwin

Council will do its best to protect the new Banksy

You can clearly see the paint splatter on "Girl with a pierced eardrum" Credit: ITV News

Bristol City Council has revealed that it owns the building in Hanover Place where the new Banksy, known as "Girl with a pierced eardrum" has appeared.

It has released a statement saying that it will try to protect the mural, which has already been vandalised by someone daubing paint on it.

I can confirm that the building does belong to Bristol City Council although it is leased to private tenants. We will consider the options available to protect the Banksy and will work with the tenants of the building as appropriate.

– Bristol City Council spokesman

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Viewers' comments on defaced Bristol Banksy

The vandalised Banksy this morning Credit: ITV News West Country

Banksy generously gives our city his world renowned art yet these morons choose to damage it for no reason other than vandalism

– Carol Kingscott on Facebook

Surely if someone finds it that offensive they can report it to the council for cleaning off rather than vandalising and spoiling it for others who enjoy it. Probably the same idiots who vandalised the gromits around Bristol!

– Sarah Smith on Facebook

From the little I know of Banksy, he only paints pictures which are ''acceptable'' to the masses rather than Graffiti which is usually abhored by the masses. Why someone would want to destroy any of his works, is beyond me. Jealousy, perhaps?

– Matt Mitchell on Facebook
The paint on the wall at Bristol docks Credit: ITV News West Country

I think Banksy's work makes dull places look interesting, plus seeing as he is known globally, I'm sure he has helped to bring in extra tourism and that can't be a bad thing. I'd be quite proud if we had a Banksy on one of our buildings in Okehampton. Throwing paint over his work is just somebodies angry jealousy getting the better of them!

– Caitlynne Reddington on Facebook

New Bristol Banksy splashed with paint

The new Bristol Banksy has been splashed with paint Credit: ITV News West Country

The new Banksy mural which has apperared on a wall in Bristol docks has been defaced overnight.

The mural, which pays tribute to Vermeer's girl with a pearl earring, was splashed with paint, although the main part of the artwork is still visible.

A close up view of the paint splattered in the wall Credit: ITV News West Country
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