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A six metre high Gypsy Cob steel horse sculpture voted for by the public and created by an internationally renowned artist is due to be installed this weekend.

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The Cob sketch

Andy Scott’s sculpture, to be erected on Sunday (13) on the roundabout between Picardy Manorway and Bronze Age Way, Belvedere, is a nod to the Gypsy community who for generations bred horses on the nearby marshes.

The commission which also celebrates the area’s industrial past is part of a wider £10.6 million programme aimed to encourage investment and attract business to Belvedere.

Regeneration councillor Linda Bailey, said: “Belvedere is a key employment area for our borough. We were fortunate to secure the investment when we did - just over two years ago, for an ambitious environmental improvement programme to transform the Belvedere Employment Area and Erith Marshes.

“The works will greatly improve access - with a new road being built which links the estate better to other main roads. Improved security and sustainability in Belvedere will provide a range of long term benefits for local employers, staff and residents. We want Belvedere Employment Area to become a flagship sustainable employment site and employers’ location of choice in the Thames Gateway.”

The wider project, including the sculpture, was funded by the Homes & Communities Agency and the European Regional Development Fund before the spending cuts were announced.

Arts and tourism councillor Peter Catterall, said: “This wonderful masterpiece will act as a strong reminder of the history behind this area. It will help brand Belvedere and act as an important landmark for freight and visitors.”

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