The Mayor of Ilfracombe has spoken out after hearing constant criticism that the Verity statue in the town endorses teenage pregnancy.
A controversial statue by Damien Hirst is on the verge of being hoisted into position in Ilfracombe
The people of Ilfracombe are now the custodians of a giant Damien Hirst sculpture
Damien Hirst's controversial sculpture of pregnant woman 'Verity' has arrived at Ilfracombe.
The 20-metre high bronze is being unloaded in several different sections, and will be assembled on site.
It's a 20 year loan by the sculptor, who lives in nearby Combe Martin.
Watch Seth Conway's report on the possible 20 metre high sculpture for Ilfracombe here:
North Devon Council has confirmed it has received a planning application for a sculpture by local artist Damien Hirst, to be erected in Ilfracombe.
The 20 metre statue would be located in the pier area of the harbour.
Local people have until July 26th to comment on the application.
– Councillor Mike Edmunds, Executive Member for Strategic Planning and Development, Ilfracombe
This application will be considered as part of our usual planning process.
There will be opportunities for members of the public to comment on the application during the public consultation period.
They can do this either online, by email or by post, before 26 July 2012
A 65 ft statue of a pregnant woman holding a sword could be built in a Devon town.
The sculpture is designed by artist Damien Hirst who wants to erect it in a car park at Ilfracombe harbour.
Hirst has told councillors they can have the statue on loan for 20 years if they grant him planning permission.