Eight out of 10 councils are contemplating the way forward for contentious statues of their space in response to current protests, in keeping with Sky Information analysis.

Actions into account vary from taking them down, plaques to place them in historic context, and easily listening to residents’ issues.

Sky Information contacted 43 councils with a complete of 58 statues between them which have been criticised for his or her hyperlinks to racism, slavery or colonialism.

Of the 33 councils that responded, 28 stated they had been now enterprise a assessment of at the least among the statues of their space or had been planning to seek the advice of native residents about their future.

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A statue of Robert Peel in Manchester

Full critiques at the moment are deliberate in cities together with London, Cardiff, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle.

Chief of Cardiff Council, Cllr Huw Thomas, informed campaigners he helps a request to take away a sculpture of Sir Thomas Picton “as a result of his presence is an affront to black folks within the metropolis, and numerous Cardiff residents”.

Whereas Picton is commemorated for his brave actions within the Napoleonic Wars he grew to become notorious for his cruelty as governor of Trinidad.

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In some circumstances, critiques into statues and place names had been already beneath manner earlier than current controversy.

“We had been already this previous to the current upsurge in curiosity,” stated a spokesperson for Glasgow Metropolis Council.

“There are intervals and folks in Glasgow’s historical past that ought to make us all deeply uncomfortable and that’s the reason, late final yr, we grew to become the primary metropolis within the UK to fee an in-depth educational research into our hyperlinks to transatlantic slavery and colonialism.”

5 councils stated they weren’t planning to assessment the areas or appropriateness of the statues of their space.

Amongst them was The Highland Council, which stated any proposed modifications to the Duke of Sutherland Monument in Golspie must comply with regular planning procedures.

A statue of Sir Francis Drake in Plymouth.
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A statue of Sir Francis Drake in Plymouth

Authorities in Devon additionally stated statues of Sir Francis Drake and Common Sir Redvers Buller in Tavistock and Exeter ought to stay.

West Devon Borough Council Chief Neil Jory stated Drake’s statue “serves as a reminder that there was an appallingly darkish facet to the historical past of seafaring, exploration and colonisation”.

An extra 10 councils didn’t reply to enquiries by Sky Information.

Not all statues are the accountability of native councils, with many belonging to establishments similar to hospitals, universities and museums.



Poole residents have vowed to defend a statue of Scouts founder Robert Baden-Powell, who  has been linked to racism and the Nazis.







Poole residents have vowed to defend a statue of Scouts founder Robert Baden-Powell

Statues of Sir Francis Drake, Robert Blake and Admiral Horatio Nelson are all present in Deptford City Corridor, which is a part of Goldsmiths, College of London.

A spokesperson for Goldsmiths stated “the faculty will urgently work with our college students, colleagues and native residents to assist determine how we tackle the way forward for these figures”.

In some circumstances, it was not clear who had accountability for a selected memorial.

Medway Council in Kent stated a statue of the previous British basic Lord Kitchener in Chatham was situated on land owned by the military.

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However the Ministry of Defence stated this was now not the case, calling into query who the statue belonged to and would have the authority to determine whether or not it needs to be eliminated.



The statue comes down in Bristol. Pic: Artemis D Bear







Protesters in Bristol pull down a controversial statue of 17th century slave dealer Edward Colston

Within the UK, two statues have already been taken down after protesters pushed a statue of slave dealer Edward Colston into Bristol harbour on Sunday.

A statue of slave proprietor Robert Milligan was faraway from exterior the Museum of London.

A caricature of a black man’s face on a pub register Derbyshire was additionally eliminated, though the native council stated this was a short lived measure.

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