From a fridge to a Banksy work of art?

‘Get Banksy in!’ was the call from councillors keen to make a feature of a chiller unit planned for outside Crafton Green House.

The quip was backed up by more serious suggestions that local groups be invited to decorate the white unit that TouchPoint Stansted wants to install.

The community-based charity, which has its hub at Crafton Green, has submitted a planning application for the fridge and Stansted parish councillors debated its suitability at their meeting on Wednesday (Jan 17).

Graffiti art like this could make a feature of a chiller unit planned for outside TouchPoint Stansted’s home. Photo: Alison Creagh
Graffiti art like this could make a feature of a chiller unit planned for outside TouchPoint Stansted’s home. Photo: Alison Creagh

Cllr Alan Barnes said: “The aesthetics should be taken into consideration.”

Fellow member Cllr Lois Prior added: “Would you approve this if it was in the middle of Lower Street? You could suggest you want it to be more in character with the building.”

The council debated whether TouchPoint should be tasked with making sure the unit was not an eyesore, but concerns were raised over asking a charity to foot the bill for this.

Cllr Ayub Khan said: “Do we really want a charity to spend money on keeping a chiller in keeping or should that money be spent on the community.”

He said he would welcome street graffiti artists to submit a design.

The meeting agreed to recommend the application be approved with the council consulting TouchPoint on the visual impact. Uttlesford District Council will make the final decision as the planning authority.

Banksy is a street artist and political activist whose satirical works of art often appear on street furniture and buildings overnight. Active since the 1990s and believed to hail from Bristol, his identity remains unconfirmed.



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