HAMPSHIRE County Council has said it may be supporting a new Jane Austen memorial at Winchester Cathedral with a £10,000 grant.

The novelist died in 1817 in Winchester, after writing titles such as Sense and SensibilityPride and Prejudice ,and Emma.

In April 2018, the executive member for policy and resources agreed to an Investing in Hampshire grant of £25,000 towards a statue of Jane Austen at Winchester Cathedral.

After receiving public feedback about the design, the proposal was dropped. Then, the executive member confirmed that should the project gain support in the future, a re-application would be welcomed.

Now, Winchester Cathedral has approached the county council with a revised proposal, having considered feedback on the previous design.

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With this revised submission, it is proposed that Hampshire County Council awards a grant of £10,000 by the leader and executive member for Hampshire 2050 and corporate services, Rob Humby, at his decision day on November 30.

Although it is not the county council’s direct responsibility to fund public art, the administration anticipates the investment could attract visitors of one of “Hampshire’s cultural icons”, and the project “will strengthen the Jane Austen trail across the county, building on the impact of the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s death.”

The total project costs are £100,000, made up of £60,000 for the design and model and a further £40,000 for casting and installation.

A total of £73,000 has been raised from private donations, and a contribution of £10,000 has been sought from Winchester City Council.