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Fans hit back at claims controversial Tranmere mural ‘not appropriate’ for quiet village

Fans hit back at claims controversial Tranmere mural ‘not appropriate’ for quiet village, now it could be removed due to the backlash from residents.

The football mural, showing the old crest of League One side Tranmere Rovers, has divided a Oxton village in the Wirral when it went up on the side of a building without planning permission.

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Many locals are reported to be outraged by the mural- saying it ‘lowered the tone’ of the conservation area, though many others are very happy with it.

Wirral Council did say they would contact the owner of the building – a cafe on Christchurch Road, to see if the mural was breaking planning rules.

They have no decided that the mural deemed to be an advertisement and the owner must either remove it or apply for retrospective planning consent.

In a newsletter to local constituents, Liberal Democrat Oxton councillor Allan Brame, said: “This mural clearly divides local opinion, but most people who have contacted me feel it is wholly out of keeping in our conservation area.”

The Lib Dem member for Oxton, continued: “It is regrettable that the owner did not consult the planning department and the local community before commissioning this painting.”

Not long after the artwork went up, one angry resident sent a letter to the person whose had the mural painted on the building.

The letter read: “You might own the building, but you don’t own the village.

“It’s a holy show, cheap tasteless, bullyish graffiti. Not everyone likes football, especially Tranmere.

“We will have a proper painter and decorator and paint over it.”

Defending the mural, the man told the ECHO: “We don’t want to offend anyone, we’ve used one of the best artists in Merseyside.

“He’s done 40 murals, he’s done some very tasteful [ones] and hopefully people will like it.”

Tranmere fans have since set up an online petition calling for Oxton to be renamed ‘Little Tranmere’, in recognition of the club’s role in the local community, it has had nearly 200 signatures at the time of writing.

Fans gave their reaction after seeing that the controversial Tranmere mural is deemed ‘not appropriate’ for quiet village of Oxton…

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