Colin Everett, Chief Executive Officer of Flintshire County Council has stepped in and superseded David Heggarty, Head of Regeneration in the on-going battle to turn The Duke of Lancaster at Llanerch-y-Mor into the largest open air art gallery in the UK.
In June 2012, Flintshire County Council maintained that the project was totally unviable due to restricted access to the site, and in particular the inability of the emergency vehicles to cross the nearby Glan-y-Don Bridge in Mostyn. DuDug has since commissioned 13 huge murals on the ship by world renowned artists such as Dank, FinDac and SpaceHop.
Mr. Everett’s involvement has terminated with what he considers to be “a definitive position statement”, however, DuDug have today released to him and the press their own true and factual account.
Over the past 12 months, DuDug have pulled together information from a number of easily accessible sources and believe that access to the dock by the emergency services should never have been quoted as an issue towards regeneration as they have a statutory right to use the bridge and the gross vehicle weight of a Fire Engine is not a Health and Safety Issue. This has been confirmed in writing by Network Rail.
DuDug are now hopeful that the council may finally put away their historical objections and provide the project with the goodwill they require to achieve their ambitions.
DuDug Project Director Maurice Blunt said of this recent development “We are really hopeful that our research will allow the council to set aside the historical objections and work with us to bring a much needed tourist attraction inNorth Wales. In keeping with the Council Motto of ‘The Best Shield is Justice’ we have called upon Mr. Everett to come forward with some proposals of his own to help us”
The owners of the ship have had a series of well documented legal battles with the council in relation to their operation of the ship and site since they first docked The Duke there in 1979 and it would appear that there is still great resistance from the council to support any venture involving The Duke of Lancaster.