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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.


Future of Cheltenham Banksy still a mystery

Locals are campaigning to save the Cheltenham Banksy Credit: ITV News West Country

There's still uncertainty about what is happening to to Banksy artwork in Cheltenham.

It depicts 1950 style spies, and is in the same town as the government listening base GCHQ.

A London art gallery owner says that it was going to be displayed there but now there could be a deal to keep it in Cheltenham. Local businesswoman Angela De Souza has been trying to raise over a million pounds to keep it in the town.

A quick peek through the hoardings in Cheltenham Credit: ITV News West Country
Placards surround the boarded up Banksy Credit: ITV News West Country
Protestors notes on the boarded up Banksy Credit: ITV News West Country

Cheltenham Borough Council outlines their stance on banksy

Cheltenham Borough Council outlines the situation with the banksy being removed from a listed building.

“This is a rather interesting situation as the building, and therefore the wall, is listed. Under section 9 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 any person who undertakes works which would affect its character as a ‘building of special architectural or historic interest’ without a listed building consent, would be committing an offence.

“The artwork itself is not part of the listing of the building. It is therefore not protected by the listing and its addition is not something that has been added in accordance with a listed building consent.

“Conversely, any works to remove the fabric of the building, (eg removal of brickwork), would need listed building consent.

“The owner has been made aware of the legal position for carrying out works to his property. Q Scaffolding has also been made aware, as contractors are also liable in the case of any legal proceedings that may be taken if an offence is committed. The Council is aware of plans to repair the render and make it safe, but not of anything more substantial.

“We hope that, by highlighting the Act, the owner will halt any works that may be planned and instead submit a listed building consent application for our consideration.”

– Jane Griffiths, director of commissioning


Scaffolding work continues around banksy in Cheltenham

Despite many people saying they're angry that 'Spybooth' is being removed scaffolding work continues.

Scaffolding work continues Credit: ITV News West Country

Sarah White is staging a protest in the phone box where Banksy's 'Spybooth' sits. She's been there for two hours already and despite the machine not taking coins is asking friends to phone her or making calls to free phone numbers in an effort to stay in the phone box as long as possible.

Sarah White is staging a protest in the phone box Credit: ITV News West Country

Additional security has been added around the site in case further protests take place. The rain has kept most away.

Council issue stop notice to prevent removal of banksy

The council have issued a stop notice to try to prevent the banksy being removed from a building in Cheltenham. They say it is because removing the brick work will damage the fabric of a listed building.

Meanwhile the city's Chamber of Commerce has been given 6 hours to raise over £1 million to keep the piece in place.

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