Hastings campaigners win their bid to have Prince Albert statue relocated to Priory Meadow.
The Planning Inspectorate has granted a project to have the statue of Prince Albert erected outside the town hall in Queen’s Square, Priory Meadow
Campaigners were previously refused planning permission from councillors from the Hastings Borough Council’s planning committee due to the statue’s poor condition, deeming the neglected monument as unsuitable to be just outside the town hall - a Grade II listed building dating back to 1881. Steven Whitford, lead for the Prince Albert Statue community group project, spoke to the Hastings Observer explaining:
“The facial features of the statue have eroded, but much detail of the attire is in fair order, and the statue is certainly of great heritage value to the town.”
Almost 250 people petitioned in July last year to support the proposal. On Tuesday (3rd November) the Planning Inspectorate approved the statue’s repositioning from inside the glasshouse in Alexandra Park to outside the town hall in Queen’s Square. Whitford added:
“There have long been calls to have the statue put back in the public domain, and, in a report to the Museums Committee in 2010, Hastings Borough Council’s officer Virginia Gilbert stated the council would be looking for a community group to work with on achieving this.”
The move of the statue is estimated to cost £5000. A booklet, The Story of Albert and his Memorial, costs £3 and is available to buy from Book-Buster in Queen’s Road. The money made will go towards the project.