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
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.
Councillor Paul Crabb wrote to invite Hollywood star William Shatner to Ilfracombe after he claimed the North Devon town was "laced with prostitution" on the BBC show, Have I Got News For You. The former Star Trek actor emailed him to apologise for singling the town out.
Star Trek actor William Shatner has apologised after claiming that a North Devon town is "laced with prostitution".
He mispronounced the name of Ilfracombe when hosting the BBC show Have I Got News For You last month and followed up with the comment.
Ilfracombe town councillor and former mayor Paul Crabb wrote to Mr Shatner's agent to invite him to visit the resort. It was then that the actor emailed to say sorry for singling the town out.
A campaign starts today to reduce the amount of dog mess in Ilfracombe. Dog owners on the streets will be offered poop scoop bags and advice.
A town in north Devon has been named as the UK’s first 'courteous town'. More than a hundred businesses in Ilfracombe took part in a new programme that recognises traders for their politeness.
The town’s success means the pilot could be rolled out to other areas keen to take part. Ann Widdecombe presented the Ilfracombe’s mayor with an award from the National Campaign for Courtesy recognising the town’s achievement.