Keith launches Leicester Landmark Heritage Project

Posted on April 12th, 2013 in Local News

Keith today launched a new Leicester Heritage Landmark to rival the Angel of the North. The Landmark will be on the corner of Troon Way/Melton Road, outside the proposed Sainsbury’s development and will be funded with contributions from the supermarket chain.
Local residents are invited to think of ideas that will recognise the history of the site, formerly the location of GE,  which at its height manufactured light bulbs for the whole of Europe.

The Judges will be: Richard Bettsworth, Editor of Leicester Mercury; Karen Hammond, Head of Mellor Primary School; Councillor Piara Clair, Assistant Mayor of Leicester; Councillor Elly Cutkelvin; Maz Mashru, Photographer Kodak Gold Award winner; Dharmesh Lakhani, Chairman of Belgrave Business Association and Justin King CBE, Chief Executive Officer of Sainsbury’s. The Panel will be chaired by Keith.

Leicester City Council’s Art Service team will be working with local schools and community groups to gather ideas and themes from people of what they would like as landmark as the site has a long history and they look forward to hearing local people’s ideas.

The Consultation will close on 30 June 2013; ideas for the scheme should be sent by email to:

Keith said:
“This site has been derelict for far too long and the development of the area is long overdue. I am delighted that Sainsbury’s have agreed to provide funding for this new historic and exciting landmark.

I am a firm believer in Street Art reflecting the aspirations and achievements of local communities.Throughout Britain there are some wonderful pieces of art from the Angel of the North to the Thomas Cook statue outside the Leicester Railway Station. We want everyone to have their say in what will be a very special Landmark.”