October 7th 2013 10.51am
Newport City Council recognises how important the Chartist history is to Newport.
The decision was taken in March 2012 to replace the Chartist mural following demolition as part of the Friars Walk development.
The mural is a modern day depiction of an historical event that happened in Newport and has served to remind us of Newport’s past, but we must now focus on Newport’s future.
CADW has determined NOT to list the mural as it fell short of the criteria to be listed at the national level on grounds of its lack of special architectural interest.
The current Chartist mural was in a very precarious position, as it was attached to the wall of the multi-storey car park which is extremely unsafe. The council has had to take immediate action with regards to pre-demolition preparations and safety precautions.
Major demolition work will be starting at the end of this month.
The council is committed to commissioning an alternative solution to commemorate the Chartist movement and will be consulting with the public on the nature of this different form of celebration shortly.
The council would like the communities of Newport to decide on the nature of the new commemoration to celebrate the Chartist movement and the council would like this to be in a more accessible location which can be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike, as well as enhancing the historical connection between Newport and the Chartist movement.
Newport City Council Contact Centre
Tel: 01633 656 656
Minicom: 01633 656 657