Leicester City Council has approved plans for a statue that pays tribute to the late Leicester City Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Leicester City Football Club now will be able to build the £4.7 million bronze statue of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, which was confirmed in 2018.

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others died in a helicopter crash on Saturday 27th October 2018.

The plans for the statue were submitted in April and the statue will be on the corner of the King Power Stadium, outside the fan store.

The club hopes that it will become a focal point for fans arriving at the football ground.

Residents were given the chance to voice their opinions on the plans, and 32 were in favour, with the City Council only reporting one letter of objection.

The club hopes that the statue will become a focal point for fans arriving at the football ground. Credit: Leicester City Football Club/KSS Group

“One letter of objection has been submitted stating that it is considered that the statue should be located to the south east of the stadium, where there is a memorial garden for the victims of the helicopter crash.

The Council’s approval note

“The proposals reflect the club’s efforts to improve the public realm around the King Power Stadium and to create an attractive, engaging focal point which aims to both respect the legacy of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and enhance the overall experience for supporters visiting the King Power Stadium.”

Covering letter submitted with Leicester City's plan
Leicester City now have three years to start the development of the tribute statue. Credit: PA Images

The proposal for the statue shows that it will be 2.7m tall, and that it will stand on a 2m bluestone plinth.

The plinth will include the logo of the Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation, the club charity named in the late owner's honour, and a plaque with information about the statue.

Leicester City now have three years to start the development of the tribute statue.

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