05.02.2009

Norfolk sculpture "could be perilous for those with sight troubles"

Norfolk sculpture "could be perilous for those with sight troubles"

A new artwork set up in Norfolk could be a hazard to people with eyesight problems, it has been stated.

The Eastern Daily Press reports how the £30,000 steel sculpture, which is cut away inside in the shape of an oak tree, has been criticised by Fakenham town council deputy mayor Mike Coates.

He said at a council meeting: "If you have got bad eyesight and walk towards it end-on you would not see it, especially at night. It would be like walking into the edge of a door."

Gemma Williams of North Norfolk District Council"s corporate safety and enforcement issue team said that the artwork was not on a pathway and plans are in place to improve the lighting.

She denied that it posed a significant hazard.

Fakenham lies on the River Wensum and is 30km to the north-east of King"s Lynn.

According to the 2001 census, it has a population of 7,357.

by Alexa Kaczka


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