Box Hill Olympic rings statue approved by council
A GIANT statue of the Olympic rings will be placed on Box Hill during this summer's Games, councillors have confirmed.
Mole Valley District Council's planning committee has granted permission for the structure, which will be 15 metres high, seven metres wide and painted white.
Helen Card, 2012 co-ordinator for Surrey County Council, said: "The Box Hill Olympic rings structure is part of the 'Look and Feel' programme for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
"Its purpose is to generate excitement for the games, provide an iconic image which will be remembered and to celebrate the games coming to Surrey."
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The structure will be installed by July 17 and will be removed after the Paralympic Games on September 14.
The statue would not normally be allowed under local planning policy, as the area is protected green belt land, but councillors and conservation groups agree that as it is only temporary it should go ahead.
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