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Cheltenham businessman 'saves' Banksy

A local businessman in Cheltenham whose paid to keep a Banksy artwork in place says he wanted "to save the painting for the town."

The piece has been at the centre of a dispute between the local community and a private collector who wanted to remove it - but millionaire Hekmat Kaveh has offered the homeowner an undisclosed sum to leave it in place.

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Cheltenham Banksy saved by local philanthropist

'Cheltenham Spies' saved by local philanthropist
'Cheltenham Spies' saved by local philanthropist Credit: ITV West Country

A Banksy artwork in Cheltenham valued at more than £600,000 has been saved by a wealthy businessman.

The piece has been at the centre of a dispute between the local community and a private collector who wanted to remove it but now millionaire Hekmat Kaveh has offered the home owner an undisclosed sum to leave it in place.

Culture Secretary to visit Cheltenham Banksy

'Spy Booth' Credit: ITV West Country

The governments Culture Secretary Sajid Javid is visiting Cheltenham later to try to drum up support for keeping a Banksy artwork in the town.

Scaffolding was erected around 'The spy booth' after the artist confirmed it was his. Campaigners are trying to raise £650,000 to buy the house and turn it into a museum.

Local businessman donates £100,000 to save Cheltenham's Banksy

Banksy's 'Cheltenham Spies' Credit: ITV West Country

A local businessman has donated £100,000 to save Cheltenham's Banksy mural.

He has also pledged to match any amount another business agrees to donate. Work to remove 'Spy Booth' from a building in the Town is currently on hold because the Council were concerned about damage to the grade II listed building.

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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.

Van parked in protest over Cheltenham Banksy

A van has been parked at the Cheltenham Banksy to block entry to it. It's a protest against the proposed sale of the art to a private collector.

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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
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