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Cavendish Road public art consultation

Consultation runs from 20 June 2017, 12:00am to 20 July 2017, 11:59pm

Introduction and background

The Romsey area has been historically associated with railways since the nineteenth century, where it was developed to provide homes for railway workers.

We are seeking to celebrate the railway heritage of the Romsey Ward through a permanent public art installation at the corner of Cavendish Road and Mill Road.

An artist's brief was prepared by the City Council in consultation with local representatives including ward councillors Dave Baigent and Catherine Smart, as well as members of the Mill Road History Society, East Mill Road Action Group, and Romsey Action.

An open call to artists was published and artists were asked to attend interviews to discuss their ideas. Local artist, Harry Gray, whose studio is just off Mill Road, was then appointed. Harry was appointed based on his interpretation of the brief and his project management experience, and the steering group also felt that it was important that a local artist was used for this project.

Harry has worked up a concept for the public art work, which is presented here for your comment.

The public art installation is due to be incorporated into an Environmental Improvement Project at the location, which was consulted on between 14 November and 12 December 2016.

Consultation information

We invite you to comment on the proposal for this project.

Romsey R, by Harry Gray [PDF, 197kB] [PDF, 198KB]

Please email your comments to or post any correspondence to:

Public Art, Streets and Open Spaces Project Delivery Team, Cambridge City Council, PO Box 700, Cambridge, CB1 0JH.


If you have any questions about this consultation, contact Public Art at or 01223 458505 or 01223 457242.

Post any correspondence to Public Art, Cambridge City Council, PO Box 700, Cambridge CB1 0JH.


An exhibition of the work will be on display at Coversure Insurance (174 Mill Road, opposite Cavendish Road) from 20 June to 20 July.

The artist and council representatives will be available on site on 24 June 11am to 1pm to answer any questions you might have.

An exhibition display of the work will also be on display at the East Area Committee on 20 July.

Next steps

Because of the size of the proposed sculpture, a planning application is due to be submitted by the end of June which will go through the usual planning consultation process.

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