Civic Heart Arch future in residents' hands

Civic Heart Arch The arch in Chester-le-Street was formally opened in June 2007

People in County Durham are being asked their views on the future of a prominent piece of artwork.

Durham County Council wants residents and businesses to decide whether Chester-le-Street's Civic Heart Arch should be repaired or removed.

The steel work in the town's Market Place, cost £300,000 to build, but is currently fenced off after it was found to have structural problems last year.

It costs the council £300 a month to monitor the site and check it is safe.

Councillor Neil Foster said: "It is clear a decision on the long-term future of the Civic Heart Arch needs to be made as soon as possible.

"However, this is a prominent artwork in the heart of the town so it is very important that we gather the views of as many local people as possible before we make any decisions."

The arch was built as part of the redevelopment of the town's market place and was formally opened in June 2007.

The consultation runs until 7 January 2013.

More on This Story

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

BBC Tyne & Wear


Newcastle upon Tyne

8 °C 7 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Cartoon of women chatting on the metroChat wagon

    The interesting things you hear in a women-only carriage

  • Replica of a cargo boxSpecial delivery

    The man who posted himself to the other side of the world

  • Music scoreFinal score Watch

    Goodbye to NYC's last classical sheet music shop

  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her Blackberry from a desk inside a C-17 military plane upon her departure from Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea, bound for Tripoli, Libya'Emailgate'

    Hillary gets a taste of scrutiny that lies ahead

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Audi R8Best in show

    BBC Autos takes a look at 10 of the most eye-catching new cars at the 2015 Geneva motor show


  • A cyborg cockroachClick Watch

    The cyborg cockroach – why has a computer been attached to this insect’s nervous system?

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

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.