Guardian sculpture delayed for now

Echline PS pupils help create the  Guardian mosaic
Echline PS pupils help create the Guardian mosaic

Plans to erect a sculpture at The Binks in Queensferry has been put on hold after residents complaints.

The mosaic sculpture is a piece of communuty artwork in the form of a dragon, which is intended to be a mascot-style ‘‘Guardian of the Forth Bridges’’ and was intended to be unveiled as part of last year’s Forth Bridges Festival.

The sculpture, which measures four metres long with its head, 2.6 metres tall, was created by over 700 pupils and members of the community.

The city council had granted permission for it to be erected despite 12 objections, namely from nearby residents. They have now decided to put the installation on hold temporarily.

Almond councillor Norman Work said: ‘‘Without actually seeing the sculpture I cannot really comment but I do understand local concerns.’’

A Forth Bridges Festival spokesperson said: ‘‘It is obviously disappointing once again there has been a delay in this project.

‘‘Unfortunately, there appears to be a pattern emerging whereby we try to introduce various initiatives to the community such as the market and the Guardian but always appear to be objected to by a small minority initially.

‘‘However, when you believe in something and want to do good for the town we have to persevere and hope that the planning authorities and the local community see what we are trying to achieve.’’