Vandals continue to target the Margaret Thatcher statue in Grantham, leading to criticism of the decision to install the monument in the first place. The £300,000 sculpture has been targeted with eggs and paint since it was unveiled in the middle of May.
The statue has been divisive in Lincolnshire, with some praising the decision to build a memorial to Grantham’s most famous former resident. Others have suggested it’s a waste of money that will cost of fortune to maintain because of repeat vandalism.
Lincolnshire Live readers have been discussing the matter with Kazzie1970 writing: “If they knew that vandalism was inevitable, why put the flipping thing up then? Should have stuck with the plain simple unobtrusive plaque. Obviously the CCTV isn’t working, not in this day and age of identity covering hoodies and masks.”
Another reader, Honest person, wrote: “More important things must be happening in Lincolnshire. The statue is up, Maggie was PM like it or not.
“Removing the statue doesn’t wipe her from history and why should mindless vandalism win? Make the culprits clean it and learn consequences.”
And teashop wrote: “Simple solution. Remove it from public view. Why provoke people?”
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Independent councilor Charmaine Morgan campaigned against the decision to install the statue. She said: “Unfortunately, Margaret Thatcher is just so contentious. She should have been placed in a museum where it would have been secure.”
“It’s very concerning [that the public is paying for the maintenance of the statue.] I think it was irresponsible of the council leader to support this. The people who put it up should be the ones who pay for its maintenance.”
Conservative county councilor for Grantham North Ray Wootten said a “silent majority” are in favor of the statue. He said: “We always knew that someone would try to make a name for themselves. It’s a hardcore group of people who are trying to make a name for themselves by damaging the statue.”