DENBIGH Town Council have provided an update on the consultation process regarding the statue of a controversial figure in the town.

Town councillors had felt the need to discuss the future of the bronze cast of Sir Henry Morton Stanley, who was born in the town, after Black Lives Matters demonstrations across the world forced a re-evaluation of all so-called colonial figures.

In June, councillors voted by a margin of one to reprieve the statue of controversial explorer, situated outside Denbigh Library.

At a special Denbigh Town Council meeting held on September 9, a working group was created with five town councillors, enabling discussions to take place as to the actions required to hold a public consultation on the future of the statue. The working group will feedback to the town council at regular intervals.

Due to the current Covid 19 pandemic and the ability to hold a public consultation safely in the town hall, the town councillors agreed that the consultation will take place in June 2021.

This will allow sufficient time to work on the consultation and ensure the safety of the general public and councillors during the pandemic. This date may change to a later date depending on the developments with the Covid 19 situation.

The town councillors also agreed that the consultation would be dealt with in house. Should this prove to be problematic then there is a possibility of the consultation being managed by an external contractor.