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Beattie Statue Receives Planning Permission
Wednesday, 8th Jan 2020 21:06

The statue of Blues legend Kevin Beattie was approved by Ipswich Borough Council’s Planning and Development Control Committee earlier today.

The committee voted in favour of the siting of the statue of Beattie, who died in September 2018 aged 64, on the corner of Portman Road and the entrance to the car park, diagonally opposite Planet Blue.

In granting permission, the committee said in conclusion: “The proposal is considered to enhance the public realm and would not result in unacceptable impacts on the visual amenity of the area, including any detrimental impact upon the character of the wider area.”

Led by the EADT and Ipswich Star in conjunction with BBC Radio Suffolk and TWTD, The Beat Goes On campaign was launched on December 18th 2018 on what would have been Beattie’s 65th birthday.

Town season ticket-holder Sean Hedges-Quinn, also known as Coach, has begun work on the statue with the campaign having hit its target total in August.

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Northstandveteran added 22:09 - Jan 8
Three of the most iconic men to have graced our club, immortalised forever.

My thoughts are that Kevin's statue, along with Sir Alf and Sir Bobby, will remind us of golden era's that shaped and made us the most wonderful club we are.

Whatever the future holds, Ipswich town football club has, and always will be the club that warmed the hearts of neutrals and supporters alike.

R.I.P Kevin.

cooper4england added 08:57 - Jan 9
Imagine if they had refused it!

PhilTWTD added 11:34 - Jan 9
To be fair, IBC have been very helpful regarding the statue on a number of fronts.

BangaloreBlues added 15:23 - Jan 9
Very fitting, very emotional, and a great place for the statue to be erected.
Beat would have been in such disbelief knowing he's the only ever player to be immortalised in such a way, and that alongside SAR and SBR.
I hope his family will burst with pride when it's finally unveiled.

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