UPDATE: Scouts founder statue to stay in Poole for now

UPDATE: Scouts founder statue to stay in Poole for now

Published by Maria Greenwood at 9:14am 11th June 2020. (Updated at 5:23pm 11th June 2020)

A statue of Robert Baden-Powell who founded the Scout movement is to stay on the quayside in Poole

Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council say they will be providing 24-hour security for the statue.

The council says it's after the statue was listed on a website as a potential target by protestors.

Cllr Mark Howell, Deputy Leader of BCP Council said:

“Our decision yesterday evening to temporarily remove the statue of Lord Baden-Powell from Poole Quay was taken following the listing of the statue on a website detailing potential targets for protestors. This listing placed the much-loved statue at risk of damage or even destruction. We made the decision quickly in order to protect it.

"We know that local people feel proud of Lord Baden-Powell’s and the Scout movement’s links with Poole, and that some people feel that we would be giving in to the protestors by temporarily removing the statue. However, we feel it is responsible to protect it for future generations to enjoy and respect.

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“We will not be removing the statue today as the foundations are deeper than originally envisaged and we need further discussions with contractors on the best way to remove it safely. Although we cannot say when any temporary removal may take place, we will be providing 24-hour security until it is either removed or the threat diminishes.

“Should the statue be removed temporarily, barring unforeseen circumstances we will return it to the Quay as soon as the threat level subsides.”

The statue was installed in 2008 and faces Brownsea island in Poole Harbour, where the Scout movement founded by Baden-Powell began.