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Councillor defends his Spalding street art vote after heavy criticism

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One of the senior district councillors who voted against the authority’s new street art policy has defended his decision.

Coun Peter Coupland - along with three colleague - has been the subject of a number of letters following his decision to vote against the new proposal at a recent cabinet meeting.

The policy came after young people behind recent artwork in Spalding took a petition to councillors last year and asked for space to express themselves.

Peter Coupland
Peter Coupland

Coun Coupland told the Spalding Guardian: “One person mentioned democracy. Democracy in my mind is freedom of speech - and democracy is where people can make their own decisions. We all have different views in life.

“In a democracy you do have a choice in life.”

The councillors were also labelled ‘dinosaurs’ in one of the letters.

He said: “If we are dinosaurs aged over 70, I would like them to say that to us.”

Coun Coupland said his concern is that street art will appear in the wrong place. He explained: “At the end of the day they have got what they wanted and let’s hope that the policy works and hope no-one does something untoward they don’t like.”

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