RESIDENTS are up in arms over a decision to remove and relocate two sculptures in a West Oxfordshire town despite 200 people signing a petition opposing the move.

The statues had stood at either end of Carter's Walk, off Alvescot Road, since 2015, but workmen began to move them to the Market Square on Wednesday.

Carterton Town Council decided more than two years ago they would be removed, but this was not acted on until last month.

Oxford Mail:

The town council sent a letter notifying nearby businesses that the sculptures would be relocated, leading The Siege of Orleans micropub manager Bryony Holloway, whose business faced the artwork, to start the petition.

She said: "Not everybody likes them but that's art - it sends a message art isn't welcome here."

Oxford Mail:

The sculptures were allegedly moved for health and safety due to their sharp edges, but town council clerk Ron Spurs said there was 'no evidence' of this.

He added: "If they hadn't been safe they wouldn't have been put there in the first place."