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Calls for ‘steel man’ to move to Shotton

REPEAT calls have been made to bring an iconic statue representing Shotton’s association with the steel industry back to the town.

The sculpture dubbed the ‘steel man’ was made at Shotton Steel in the 1990s.

Its original home was at the then Alyn and Deeside Council offices in Ewloe before it was moved to the roundabout outside County Hall, Mold.

Last year it was agreed the sculpture would be moved to Shotton – but the 12ft statue has not yet been relocated.

This week town councillors said they wanted to place the steel man at the top of Ash Grove on the entrance to the town to progress.

Chairwoman of Shotton Town Council Cllr Ann Minshull said: “We seem to have been talking about this for ages. He needs to be moved. The steel man will be the first thing you will see when you arrive in Shotton.”

The statue represents a steelworker at the old John Summers and Sons site, which employed about 13,000 people from around the region at its peak.

Cllr David Evans told the town council meeting on Monday consideration would have to be given to the design plans for the area where the statue will be placed.

A spokesman for Flintshire County Council said: “As part of this year’s Neighbourhood Renewal Area programme, it is intended to landscape an area at the top of Ash Grove in Shotton in a manner similar to the proposals suggested in the Connah’s Quay and Shotton Masterplan Final Report December 2010.

“The relocation of the steel man from County Hall is included in this proposal and we are currently looking into the feasibility of the site and the associated costs, including landscaping and any safety provisions which may be required. The proposal is due to be presented to a meeting of Shotton Town Council on November 7.”