Controversial sculpture arrives at Chesterfield’s Horns Bridge roundabout

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A new sculpture which will form the focal point of a prominent gateway to Chesterfield has arrived in town.

The £300,000 creation was delivered this morning and will be erected on the Horns Bridge roundabout over three days.

A spokesman for Chesterfield Borough Council said: “We have consulted with Derbyshire County Council highways and there are no planned lane closures while the deliveries take place.”

Councillor Terry Gilby, deputy leader and executive member for planningon the borough council, said: “Horns Bridge island is a key location for people entering Chesterfield from the M1 and is seen by people passing on the train and we’re confident this will act as a focal point to welcome people to the town centre.”

Funding for the sculpture came from the European Regional Development Fund and Barratt Homes and could only be used to make improvements to the town’s gateways and for public artwork.

The creation, entitled Growth, by Derbyshire artist Melanie Jackson has drawn mixed reaction.

On the Derbyshire Times Facebook page, Natasha McCartney said: “What’s the point, you can’t look at it while driving past. Waste of money.”

Sharron Ann Shepherd said: “No matter what you think about financial costs, it will be impressive and different when it has been completed! It is reminiscent of the Angel of the North.”