Installation to ‘transform’ gateway to Chesterfield

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Work to transform a ‘key gateway’ into Chesterfield town centre is set to begin after planning permission was granted.

An eight metre-high sculpture by local artist Melanie Jackson is set to be installed at Hornsbridge Island.

The design features a wheel, or cog, integrated into the landscape showing the borough’s industrial heritage with an opening bud or flower rising out of the centre.

It was voted for by residents in a consultation and work will begin on the site next month.

Councillor John Burrows, Chesterfield Borough Council’s leader and executive member for regeneration, said: “It’s good that work is about to start on Hornsbridge island.

“This is a key gateway into Chesterfield when you drive into the town centre from the M1 or when coming into or leaving the town by train and is a great opportunity to showcase what is great about Chesterfield.”

John Dillon, managing director at Barratt Homes North Midlands, said: “Community investment is extremely important to us as a company and we are really excited to be involved in a project which promises to have such a significant impact on the landscape of the town itself.”