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Devon council tells man to take down replica Star Wars AT-ST scout walker

The Teignbridge Council has advised a Devon man to pull down a 14-foot replica of a Star Wars scout walker. The Council says the statute could distract drivers.

Paul Parker has the AT-ST attack vehicle he received from a friend on his yard by the A38 at Ashburton. The impressive replica featured in many star war movies.

The model goes for £4000 and took about 400 hours to form.

Mr Parker said he had hoped it would become a tourist attraction creating interest in the town.

“I can understand it, I haven’t got planning permission, so I have got to put a retrospective planning application in for it,” he told the BBC.

“Ninety-nine per cent of the comments have been positive, but obviously you have people that don’t like it – you can’t please everybody all the time.

“Stonehenge is at the side of the road, is that a distraction? The Wickerman in Somerset – is that a distraction?”

“It’s a bit of fun. I wanted to do something that would create interest in Ashburton and maybe help get people to visit. It’s been a talking point in the two weeks it’s been up,” Mr. Parker added.

“It’s not doing any harm from what I can see but the council says it’s a fixed structure and it doesn’t have planning permission.

“I’m going to fight it. I’ll put in a retrospective planning application and if that fails I’ll make it mobile by putting wheels on it and moving it around.”

A spokesperson for Teignbridge District Council told i News: “We’ve checked with our planning senators and it appears that something may have been lost in translation through our communication with Mr Parker.

“The enforcement notice is not strong with this and has definitely not been issued. However, we have given written advice on options available to Mr Parker.”

 

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