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BY NEWSDESK

Redditch MP Karen Lumley,Mayor Anita Clayton and the Leader of Redditch Borough Council Carole Gandy fall over themselves to have picture taken with ” The sculpture” made by prisoners from HMP Hewell.  They claim Residents, including victims of crime, were consulted on the original idea .

A new piece of public art created by offenders seeking to give something back to the community has been unveiled in a popular Redditch park.

The sculpture in Overdale Park, Astwood Bank, was produced by prisoners of HMP Hewell in nearby Tardebigge, in a partnership project between Redditch Borough Council and prison staff. Its official unveiling puts the finishing touch to the park which has won the Green Flag award for the last two years.

Residents, including victims of crime, were consulted on the original idea and an appropriate shortlist of design ideas was drawn up. Residents again chose the final option to be approved by the Borough Council which is responsible for the park.

The sculpture was then fabricated by prisoners working with prison staff and supported by local businesses, without whose help the project would not have been possible.

Mayor of Redditch Cllr Anita Clayton said: “This sculpture is a symbol of prisoners trying to pay something back to the community, and we commend their efforts. It makes a pleasant focal point for residents visiting the award-winning Overdale Park.”

The statue was erected in November 2011 and formally unveiled by Cllr Clayton, the Leader of Redditch Borough Council Cllr Carole Gandy and Redditch MP Karen Lumley on Friday February 3.

Using the Freedom of Information Act, it found councils in Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire owned 40,506 artworks worth more than £48m in total – with 79% currently in storage.

The £48m does not include the value of 18,000 items owned by Bristol City Council, which refused to reveal any figures.

It is thought that Local Councils across the UK own Art worth over £1.5 Billion

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