GCHQ Banksy removal stopped

The council stop notice The notice says it will cease to have effect on 30 July

Related Stories

A temporary stop notice has been issued to halt work on a Cheltenham house, where a Banksy artwork appeared.

Locals have been trying to save the "Spy Booth" mural after it was claimed it had been sold and would be removed.

On Tuesday, it looked "increasingly likely" the work would be removed after efforts by local businesses to save it stalled.

But Cheltenham Borough Council has served a notice to stop work on the house on Fairview Road for 28 days.

The artwork, depicting men "snooping" on a telephone box, appeared in April.

Banksy later admitted painting the work on a house three miles from the government communications headquarters, GCHQ.

Seven-figure offer

Last week, businesswoman Angela DeSouza failed in an attempt to raise £1m within a self-imposed six-hour deadline to make an offer.

She was also unable to raise an initial £100,000 needed to prevent the sale by the end of Monday, which was the actual deadline.

On Tuesday, Robin Barton from the Bankrobber gallery in London, said "pressure is growing on the owners" to accept a seven-figure deal from an American.

Banksy's Spy Booth artwork in Cheltenham The artwork in Hewlett Road has attracted hordes of visitors since it appeared on 13 April
Members of the public read the council stop notice A fundraising campaign is underway to keep the streetart where it was painted

Now the borough council has stepped in to stop work on the Grade II listed building to allow "discussions to take place about the next steps".

Mark Nelson, the council's built environment enforcement manager, said: "The temporary stop notice has been served because the council considers that works have taken place, without obtaining consent.

"It is worth clarifying that whilst the council is supportive of the public's desire to keep the artwork on this property, the temporary stop notice has been issued to protect the integrity of this listed building."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Gloucestershire



Min. Night 1 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Baby in boxStrange case

    The remarkable appeal of the Finnish baby boxes

  • WW1 gas mask being demonstratedTrench terror

    Did the soldiers of WW1 have an irrational fear of poison gas?

  • Mitt Romney, speaks at the podium as he concedes the presidency during Mitt Romney's campaign election night event at the Boston Convention 7 November 2012Aura of a loser?

    Mitt Romney looked presidential but could never pull it off

  • A woman holds up a feminist sign.PC virus

    Is liberal speech policing out of control?

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • ReadingBest books

    BBC Culture takes a look at ten books you should read in February


  • A car being driven by Cruise Automation technologyClick Watch

    The tech which could allow any car with an automatic gearbox to become self-driving

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.