Details unveiled over 'moving train' artwork planned for Stockton High Street (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Details unveiled over 'moving train' artwork planned for Stockton High Street
MORE details have been revealed about a new artwork planned for Stockton High Street.
Planners will next week discuss whether to give approval for the 21ft high Stockton Flyer – an automaton based on Stephenson’s Locomotion No 1.
The cost of the project has not been revealed by Stockton Borough Council but the plinth and moving structure would form part of the on-going £38m town centre renovation.
The site of the former the former Dodshons Fountain at the north end of the High Street is the most likely location, according to a report to the planning committee which meets on Wednesday, September 11.
However, Ken Dixon, cabinet member for arts, leisure and culture, said that a number of other sites are still under consideration.
A model of the automaton was one of three placed in the High Street Stockton Shop and the public were asked to vote for their favourite. More than 1,000 people took part.
The idea is for the ‘train’ to emerge from the 15 sq ft plinth, gushing steam and clanking into life at set times of the day.
When the automaton is inside the plinth it could be used for other purposes, such as a speaking or performance platform.
Northumbrian Water has raised an objection that it needs unrestricted access to the area.
Coun Dixon said: “We are currently working on the cost and we will be seeking external funding to contribute towards this.
"Meanwhile, we have been working up the design of the automaton and looking at where on the High Street would be the best position for it so as many visitors as possible can enjoy it.”
James Wharton, Conservative MP for Stockton South, said: “Whilst I am pleased Stockton Council is investing in our High Street I find it hard to believe the plans should be costing £38m.
"I am sure the automaton will be impressive but with such a huge total cost I would hope they can find savings for local taxpayers by looking again at some of the projects.
"We all want to see the High Street come to life but a mere 10 per cent saved on this project could undo the council tax rises of the last two years."
A total of £20m of public money is being invested in the High Street and £18m from private money.
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