‘Unfit tribute’ Roundabout statue of Queen Mother blasted by locals – ‘It’s a minefield’

Unveiled in 2016, the statue roundabout has been called “mindfield” by local residents after a slew of traffic problems. The 9ft 6in (3m) bronze sculpture was designed by Philip Jackson and unveiled by the Queen five years ago.

The sculpture shows the Queen Mother at the age of 51 and a second casting of the sculpture can be found at the Mall in London next to her husband, King George VI.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh along with Prince Charles and Camilla unveiled the statue in 2016 before touring Poundbury.

Prince Charles stated at the unveiling ceremony that the project had been a “mere dream”.

“It is with immense pride and in loving memory of my darling grandmother that I invite your Majesty to unveil the statue of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and thus to declare open her square,” he said.

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However, the statue has been bashed by local residents who claim the sculpture should show the royal’s love for flowers and gardening, rather than being placed in the middle of a busy roundabout.

Local resident Martin Ridley told the Dorset Echo: “Knowing the Queen Mum’s love for flowers and gardening, it should not prove beyond the width of the Poundbury planners (or their budget) to commission Alan Titchmarsh or Monty Don or both to surround the Queen Mum for example with a roundabout or a ‘squareabout’ of greenery, hardy perennials and roses (her favourite flower) to provide HM with a comfortable, attractive and safe setting that would certainly meet with her grandson’s approval.”

Created “according to the principles of Prince Charles”, residents have stated driving in the area is a “free for all”.

The statue is built on the outskirts of Dorchester, where the Poundbury estate was designed as a “new approach” to town planning.

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Darren Stocke, a retired driving instructor in the area, told the Dorset Echo giving driving lessons in the area was a “mindfield”.

“It’s designed to slow down traffic but it doesn’t work,” he said.

“You could be driving up through there and somebody could just stop right in front of you because they don’t know what they’re doing – it’s a minefield.

“It is not any type of roundabout.

“The actual Queen Mother Statue is a free for all – nobody has priority over anybody else.”

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