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Cambridge Development Screen Branded Ghastly

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Plans have been revealed for a £108,000 fence that will act as a screen for the 219-bed student development being built at the former West's Garage site in Cambridge.

However, the plans have been branded as "ghastly" by the ward councillor, despite the installation being part of the planning condition.

Formerly a public art project, developers funded the scheme as a condition of the development, with artist Michael Brennand-Wood calling it "Wavelength". The art will be used as a decorative screen for the boundary of the site on River lane. It's intended to provide interest to both resident and passers-by, with the imagery being derived from a series of workshop sessions with residents of River Lane.

The steel being used in the scheme is unpainted and used in industrial applications, which has prompted campaigner Richard Taylor to brand the art as a rusty fence.

The public art project will now call on residents to have their say during a detailed design development phase which will see the artist present a talk about his work and lead workshop sessions with locals.