Town Hall chiefs in Shrewsbury slashed jobs at the local council to save Â£30 million have been slated for spending Â£1 million on a “Slinky Spring” concrete sculpture to commemorate their most famous and celebrated son English Naturalist Charles Darwin who was born on 12 February 1809 at Mount House Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
The Quantam leap structure Â had been orginally priced at Â£430,00 but after a series of problems the council were ordered to pay the contractors an extra Â£410,000 and legal costs of Â£115,000 following a court case.
But the famous towns tourist chief Tim King reckons the ‘Slinky Spring’ sculpture will attract an extra Â£137 million to the local economy as thousands flock to see it:
“The more Charles Darwin products we have the better really”, said Mr King.
Unfortunately local residents don’t quite see the concrete sculpture in the same way:
“Mr King is talking nonsense. People come to Shrewsbury for shopping. They came before the concrete slinky spring and they’ll come for years after it has crumbled in to the river”, blasted Sarah May, 43.
Local landscape gardener Mark Thomas added:
“Everyone I know thinks it’s an eyesore. It’s a gross waste of taxpayers cash and someone needs to be held accountable.”