Some Drunk Glaswegians Fought The Law Over Their Right To Put Traffic Cones On A Statue, And Won

An online campaign stopped this cone-troversial plan from going ahead.

1. This is The Wellington Statue, located just outside Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art.

All historically nice, but not that special right?

2. WRONG. The statue normally has a traffic cone placed on its head, placed there by drunk people.

3. When the police take one off, another one gets put in its place. Sometimes two cones in its place.

The council claimed that 100 are taken down by police a year, costing £10,000 a year.

4. It is there literally rain or shine. Sometimes during snow too.

5. But it became such a nuisance that Glasgow City Council planned to raise the height of the statue to put an end this tradition.

STV reported yesterday:

“The council is seeking to stamp out this “depressing image” of the city, by doubling the size of the plinth it sits on so that only the “most determined of vandals” would seek to continue the practice that has been taking place for around 30 years.

The tradition could be thwarted under the works, which are estimated to cost £65,000 according to the planning application lodged with the local authority.”

6. But then an online campaign swung into action, attracting more than 60,000 Facebook fans in less than 24 hours.

7. There was even a petition set up to keep the cone tradition.

It attracted more than 10,000 signatures.

8. And this morning? The council backed down. STV reported…

The council will withdraw the application for the statue outside the Gallery of Modern Art after it was the subject of a campaign to halt it.

A spokeswoman said: “The wording of the report was appalling and the leader of the council has instructed officers to withdraw the planning application.”

9. Long live the traffic cone. You little beauty you.

Look closely. It even has shopping bags for feet.

10. The Duke of Wellington would be proud.

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