Camden Council granted planning permission for the statue of Sir Nigel Gresley and Mallard in November 2014, with the words “the works hereby approved are only those specifically indicated on the drawing(s) referred to above”. The ‘drawings‘, of course, and all the supporting documentation (such as the computer-generated picture shown here) clearly indicated a mallard duck at Gresley’s feet. This was the design the Gresley Society trustees had approved, and the one submitted to public consultation through the planning process.
And yet, now that the trustees have had their minds changed and have changed the design of the statue by asking the sculptor to remove the mallard, Camden Council apparently do not intend to insist the installation goes ahead as per the permission, ie with the mallard. This is despite overwhelming public support for inclusion of the mallard, and as we understand it, in breach of planning law.
It remains to be seen whether protesters will pursue this latest point and call for judicial review of Camden’s decision, but one thing does seem certain: there will be ducks on the statue. So many people have told us about plans for their own ducky tributes to Sir Nigel at King’s Cross that Camden looks set to have its own version of Glasgow’s Duke of Wellington statue, forever sporting a traffic cone.