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No iron ring sculpture for Flint Castle

Plans for the iron ring sculpture will no long go ahead Credit: Cadw/Welsh Government

Plans to create an iron ring sculpture at Flint Castle will no longer go ahead after it was met with opposition.

The Welsh Government said the £395k rusted crown sculpture represented the relationship between the medieval monarchies of Europe and the castles they built. But critics said it symbolised the oppression of Welsh people and a petition was set up to stop the plans.

The proposals were paused for review in July after they were described as "ignorant and insensitive".

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However, Welsh Government officials say residents can still expect it see 'significant investment' at Flint Castle.

New proposals are said to focus on:

  • A shared visitor and mixed use centre to 'support tourism'
  • Walking and cycling
  • Key local organisations including the RNLI and rugby and football clubs

Economy and Infrastructure Secretary, Ken Skates said:

Instead, we will use the investment allocated for the artwork to help deliver the wider masterplan for the foreshore, taking in the views of local people.

This will include developing a range of capital investments for the area and holding a number of events and activities to increase the understanding of the history of the Castle and the significance of the foreshore.

– Economy and Infrastructure Secretary, Ken Skates

Councillor Ian Roberts from Flintshire County Council and Flint Town Council said:

We will continue to actively pursue proposals for major public art installations as part of the foreshore masterplan delivery.

– Flintshire County Council and Flint Town Council, Councillor Ian Roberts