Approval gives horse’s head stable future

The controversuial horse's head in Caistor's Horsemarket EMN-140715-104142001
The controversuial horse's head in Caistor's Horsemarket EMN-140715-104142001

Caistor’s wooden horse sculpture has received planning permission from West Lindsey District Council, despite opposition from town councillors.

Applicant Michael Galligan, of Caistor in Bloom, received retrospective permission for the sculpture at Boys Hill, which was erected over the summer.

A council report described the 1.37m wooden sculpture, sited close to a footpath linking South Dale and Horsemarket, as ‘modest.’

“It is considered to add visual interest to the conservation area as a unique work of art, which to quote the comments of the conservation officer, “reinforces the historic character and context of the Conservation area.” It is considered to have a positive impact and would overall preserve if not enhance the Conservation Area,” it said.

Caistor Town Council this month voted against the sculpture, with Town Mayor Steve Millson saying he agreed with other councillors who felt the horse was not in keeping with the area.

Mayor Millson said at the end of the day West Lindsey is the planning authority and he doubted the town council would appeal.

“There was nothing materially wrong with the planning application. We have to stand by that decision,” he said.

Town and district councillor Alan Caine said there were mixed views at town council concerning the sculpture.

“I am sure some people will welcome some art into the community,” he said.