Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke has revealed he continues to press Dover District Council to list the Godden family’s Banksy mural.
The artwork, which portrays the UK chipping away at its place in the EU, appeared on the Godden’s property in 2017, with the operator immediately announcing they would sell the piece for charity and local good causes. Elphicke, however, wants to see the Godden’s building listed under council control, which would prevent the Banksy being moved from its current site.
“The Banksy mural should be preserved for the town. It has become an iconic piece of culture that draws visitors to Dover,” he said.
“As part of our Save our Banksy campaign we applied to have the building listed.
“Historic England would not do so. However, it can be preserved by the council using their planning powers.
“That’s why I have been pressing the council to take steps to Save Our Banksy.”
It is, however, unlikely that the Banksy would be moved should the Godden’s sell the mural. Transporting it in one piece would be a logistical nightmare, and art valuer John Brandler explained “it has extra value being in its correct position,” adding a move would reduce the significance of the piece.
#The Goddens have valued the mural, in its current location, at £1m – a sum which could do a lot of good for the local community.