Do you want Pearl back in Hatfield’s White Lion Square? Vote here!

PUBLISHED: 13:24 13 December 2017 | UPDATED: 13:24 13 December 2017

Hatfield's Pearl statue after undergoing minor restoration work. Picture: Mark Lampert.

Hatfield's Pearl statue after undergoing minor restoration work. Picture: Mark Lampert.

Mark Lampert

Welwyn Hatfield Council is asking the community for their views on the future of the historic Pearl statue.

Residents can use the Welwyn Hatfield Times’ online poll to give their views on placing the statue back in White Lion Square during the £1.2m improvement works next year.

The 50-year-old statue was made in the mid-60s by sculptor James Butler RA and was commissioned by Maxwell Fry, the architect who designed much of Hatfield town centre.

Pearl sat in the middle of a fountain in White Lion Square until its decommission and, after a number of temporary moves elsewhere around the town, was eventually placed in storage during 2013.

Cllr Roger Trigg, executive member for corporate property, said: “It’s important we emphasise that at this stage we’re asking people if they want the statue back in White Lion Square, or not see her returned to Hatfield.

“We listened to the public’s views in October when we released plans for the redesign of White Lion Square, and there was a great strength of feeling amongst residents that they wanted Pearl to be part of the scheme.

“The community can now decide what happens next by letting us know what they think.”

If Pearl was to return, she would not be set in a fountain, but incorporated into one of the new design features planned for the square’s £1.2m transformation.

The poll will be open until Monday, December 18.

The option with the most support after the survey closes will be taken forward by the council, a council spokesman confirmed.

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