The results of the initial public consultation have now been collated and the preferred way forward is Option 2 - to approach 3 or 4 artists to propose design options for a new artwork.

A list of appropriate artists would be identified by the Steering Group advised by an external art consultant. The artists would be approached directly, with a brief, and asked to put forward proposals demonstrated by drawings and models. They will be paid a fee to do this. The designs would then be put out to a further public consultation so that the Steering Group is fully aware of the public’s preferences.

A brief for the art consultant role will be sent out at the end of August with the aim of appointing by the end of October.