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Petition launched calling for Woking's statue of HG Wells to be removed

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Petition launched calling for Woking's statue of HG Wells to be removed

Published by Lettie Buxton at 3:40pm 19th June 2020.

A petition has been launched calling for the statue of author HG Wells in Woking to be taken down.

It is one of several statues across the country being targeted for removal by Black Lives Matter protesters.

The petition quotes an article in the Guardian in 2017, which "explained to Woking Borough Council why the statue was, and still is, unfit to stand".

But, Woking Borough Council has defended the statue, with a spokesperson commenting:

"Woking is a diverse and inclusive borough where all lives matter and communities work together to tackle inequality and say no to all forms of racism.

"The HG Wells statue commemorates the time that he lived in Woking and his achievements as an author.

"As far as we are aware, Wells apologised for comments attributed to him during his early career."

Elsewhere, Spelthorne Borough Council has covered the Lendy Memorial in Sunbury Walled Garden.

A spokesman told Eagle Radio they were "advised by the police that the memorial was listed on a website calling for the removal of a number of controversial memorials throughout the UK".

They initially closed the Sunbury Walled Garden, but this has now been reopened.

The spokesman confirmed the memorial will remain covered while a review is undertaken to "look at the appropriateness of the statue and the best way to represent the area's history".

They are welcoming comments from the community.