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Unpopular logo could be scrapped

The logo design has been compared to Don King's hairstyle

A controversial logo for the new Cornwall Council could be scrapped.

Councillors are due to vote on whether to keep the futuristic design, based on Cornwall's crest.

The logo, featuring an emblem of black and gold flames, was created to represent Cornwall's new unitary authority, which takes over in April.

But more than 10,000 people signed a petition against the logo, which was compared by critics to the hairstyle of boxing promoter Don King.

David Whalley, leader of Cornwall County Council, said: "Many many people have contacted County Hall and have said that they want the old logo to continue.

If members decide the best decision is to keep the existing logo, I will ask them to make that decision
David Whalley, Cornwall County Council leader

"I said to the new chief executive that it's not too late to change the decision.

"If the 24 members of the implementation committee listen to all the views and decide the best decision is to keep the existing logo, I will ask them to make that decision."

Mr Whalley denied this would be a council U-turn.

Cornwall's current logo features a chough - a type of bird.

Whichever design is finally chosen it will cost hundreds of thousands of pounds to roll-out and will appear on council websites, stationery, vehicles, signs, ID badges and staff uniforms.

The Cornwall Council implementation committee will vote on the future of the logo on Thursday.

The council will replace the six district councils and county council.

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