Chester Tories are calling for the Noah’s Ark installation outside Chester Zoo to be saved.
Last week we told you that Cheshire West and Chester Council is planning to remove the iconic sculpture, which was first created for a submission at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.
The council’s deputy leader Cllr Karen Shore said: “Sadly, over time the ark has become tired and worn, and both the council and Chester Zoo have agreed that the time has come to remove it.”
Chester Zoo’s facilities director Cathy Lunn added: “For more than a decade the wooden ark has been positioned on the roundabout where the zoo entry road joins the A41.
“Sadly, over time it has now reached the point where it’s beyond repair.”
Now, Conservative councillors representing Upton are calling for it to be saved.
They say residents don’t want to see another cultural asset lot, and that the ark is well-loved by the community as well as visitors to the zoo.
A spokesperson for the Tory councillors said: “Over many years the much loved ark has become an iconic part of Upton and Chester.
“The ark is not only loved in our community, but by visitors from across the UK as it is the first thing they see when they arrive at Chester Zoo.
“The depiction of Noah’s Ark was originally part of the council’s submission at Tatton Park flower show.
“Last week, Labour-led Cheshire West and Chester Council announced their intention to remove the ark, simply because it’s fallen into disrepair.
“Understandably residents in Upton and across Chester have told Cllr Jill Houlbrook and Steven Hesketh how shocked and disappointed they were to hear the news.
“They don’t want to see another cultural asset in Chester fall victim to this council’s inability to maintain and restore Chester’s landmarks.
“Jill, Steven and the rest of your local Conservative team won’t stand by and let this happen.
“Please sign our petition asking Cheshire West and Chester Council to arrange the repair and restoration of the ark and for it to remain in its current position.”
You can sign the petition here: www.chesterconservatives.com/campaigns/save-chester-zoo-ark-sign-our-petition