Hardy Monument Brewery Square Bound?
7:14am 23rd May 2014
Controversial plans are in the pipeline to uproot a statue of the world famous Thomas Hardy, and move it to Dorchester's newest entertainment centre.
Bosses at Brewery Square want to move the old statue on the grassy bank near top 'o' town roundabout to their popular venue opposite Market Car Park in the town.
They say they'd like the world famous author and poet there where people have more time to appreciate the sculpture and the man himself.
Andrew Wadsworth from Brewery Square told us the Thomas Hardy statue deserves more recognition;
"His current position on a busy road junction on top of a steep hill, where he's quite difficult to see with lots of traffic fumes and noise, he doesn't seem to be in a place to be appreciated."
Hardy's connections to the Brewery Square site, actually pre-date his writing career. Back in 1872, he was working for the architect who designed all four of the listed buildings remaining there.
Wadsworth says some people would like to rename the Maltings Art’s Centre after Hardy.
But the whole idea has caused quite a stir on social media with campaigners calling for the statue to stay put.
The Thomas Hardy Society told Wessex FM they haven't discussed the idea of moving the statue for a few years, despite Mr Wadsworth telling us they're in favour.