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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Fight continues for Angel of the West in Workington

A Workington man says he still has fight in him yet after being ordered to pull down a tribute to his wife which he erected without planning permission.

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A BIT OF FIGHT LEFT: Peter Nelson, of Workington, is still hoping to keep the memorial to his wife that he placed on the town’s slag banks

Peter Nelson, of Vulcan’s Lane, erected the 9ft ‘Angel of the West’ more than a month ago in memory of Angela, his wife of 24 years.

The huge cross is on land owned by Cumbria County Council on the town’s slag banks.

Mr Nelson, 49, spoke before a charity walk that will take place on Sunday for people to show their support for the memorial.

Money raised from the walk will be donated to the intensive care unit at West Cumberland Hospital, where Mr Nelson’s wife received treatment.

He did not apply for planning permission for the crucifix and the county council last week gave him a fortnight to pull it down.

Mr Nelson had a meeting about the possibility of retrospective planning permission with Allerdale council on Wednesday.

He said: “I want to keep it but it’s not looking very promising.

“I have got to write a letter to the council saying how I’m going about what I am going to do. There’s still time and a bit of fight left yet.

“It would have been nice to have support from some councillors because the people of Workington are behind it.”

A spokesman from the county council said: “We have been in contact with Mr Nelson, and sympathise with him following his bereavement.

“However, this structure does not have planning permission and we have asked him to take it down.”

A book of support has been opened at Tesco in Workington and will be presented to Mr Nelson on Sunday as part of the walk.

A petition with nearly 2,000 signatures has already been lodged with the county council, calling for the cross to stay.

Mr Nelson added: “I’ll be at the walk because I want to raise some money to ask the ICU if there’s something I can buy for them rather than the money going on admin.”

Walkers will meet at Tesco, on New Bridge Road, at 4pm and set off to the cross at 4.30pm.

Those unable to take part can meet at the car park at the bottom of the slag banks.

Have your say

What a silly man.
Conduct your grief in private please, or let us know exactly what personal point you are trying to make and to whom.
In fact, just write to them or phone them up and talk to them. Silly man.

Posted by Why? on 12 September 2014 at 11:54

peter's time to take the cross down is over,looks like the council will have to take it down and dispose of it :)

Posted by barrie dawson on 11 September 2014 at 17:45

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