Following publicity around the review of street or building names and monuments, the council wishes to clarify that there are no immediate plans to remove the Black Boy clock and statue.
A Stroud District Council spokesperson said: “There are no immediate plans to remove the Black Boy clock and statue in Castle Street, Stroud.
The council has voted to explore how removal could be achieved and this process is expected to take some time.
This follows extensive consultation and response, and the public will have further opportunities to have their say. As we have stated previously, removal is not guaranteed.
Approval for removal would be required from stakeholders including the owners of the clock and statue, the Local Planning Authority, Historic England and very likely the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.
This is part of an ongoing conversation about how our district can become a more inclusive place for everybody living in it, in response to concerns raised from residents.”
More information including a flow chart explaining the process and the wider work we are planning around inclusivity and diversity can be seen at https://www.stroud.gov.uk/news-archive/councillors-listen-to-community-over-street-and-building-names