North Down Alliance Councillor Larry Thompson has welcomed news that NI Environment Agency (NIEA) hasn't yet made a final decision whether to de-list Holywood's Johnny the Jig statue.
Commenting on the matter Cllr Thompson stated "Following recent enquiries it is apparent that NIEA are closely examining all matters including the signficant local opposition expressed to date before convening a formal meeting to determine whether the statue should be de-listed. I welcome this news that the de-listing is not a 'done deal' and hope that common sense will prevail.
Concluding, Cllr Thompson stated "I again urge NIEA to re-think their proposals and avoid removing this important protection. I also urge anyone interested in the matter to contact the Built Heritage section within the NI Environment Agency to make their objections to de-listing known. It's important NIEA are left in no doubt whatsoever that local people oppose their propoals and wish to Save our Statue.
Johnny the Jig is an iconic statue by Rosamond Praeger, a well loved and respected local artist, which forms part of Holywood’s identity and should remain listed."