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Plans for a new sculpture in Selby

Selby Statue

12:13pm 9th June 2011

At a meeting last night (Wednesday 08 June) Selby District Council's Planning Committee approved plans for a new sculpture to celebrate the history of Selby's War Memorial hospital, as the brand new hospital and civic centre development in the town nears completion.

With hospital services transferring to their new building later this month, and the District Council relocating its civic centre staff in August, the sculpture will celebrate the way in which the original hospital site was secured and purchased by the people of Selby for the benefit of their community. The sculpture will sit in the central roundabout of the new site, as a reminder of the efforts of previous generations for all those working or visiting the new state-of-the-art facilities.

How the new sculpture will look, to commemorate the founding of the original War Memorial Hospital.

The sculpture is being designed and produced by Mark Renn and Associates, after an open competition. The final decision on which artist to commission was taken by a group that included hospital staff and members of the local community.

Chief Executive of NHS North Yorkshire and York, Jayne Brown, said:

"We know the strength of feeling in the town about remembering the efforts of those who paid for the original War Memorial Hospital, and we wanted to do something to reflect this.  The sculpture will ensure that we can continue to remember the history of the original building as we move into our brand new facilities.

"Our new building brings healthcare in the Selby district right up-to-date, and secures the community hospital for future generations."

The New Selby War Memorial Hospital is situated on the same site as the new civic centre offices for Selby District Council, as part of an innovative deal to secure long-term investment in local health services and provide better value for money for taxpayers. For some years the NHS had been unsuccessful in identifying the necessary funds for a new hospital in Selby, but with the Council's backing finance for the project was agreed and the building is now in its final construction stage before opening to the public.

Leader of Selby District Council, Cllr Mark Crane, commented:

"This sculpture is a great way of ensuring we remember the hard work of the people of Selby in building the original War Memorial Hospital.

"We've been able to build on this important legacy, but this has only been achieved because of our innovative partnership with the local NHS. Together are able to bring a brand new hospital to the town of Selby that will benefit the whole district. This means better health services, delivered in a more cost effective way. It's a win-win: for the NHS, for the Council and, most importantly of all, for everyone in the district."

Selby Statue

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