Who painted the Peartree Bridge dinosaur and why?

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RESIDENTS of Peartree Bridge woke up to a surprise on Friday morning after the estate’s famous dinosaur was repainted overnight – some believe as a protest to potential development in the area.

Built by artist Bill Billings in 1979, the dinosaur is one of Milton Keynes’ most famous landmarks and has been painted in the design of a skeleton. Before Thursday night it had been gold since 2008.

Sue Smith, Chair of the Woughton Community Council, says the impromptu paint job could be the sign of a protest in light of the Parks Trust handing over ownership of the land – just off the V8 Marlborough Street – to Milton Keynes Council for potential development.

Councillor Smith said: “We think the council has agreed not to remove the dinosaur, even if something is done with the land. But this could be someone’s idea of a protest anyway.

“There has been another competition to paint the dinosaur again and it was going to be painted in the colours of a rainbow.

“Some people may have thought this skeleton design was the winning idea but it’s not. It will still be painted like a rainbow as planned in early September.”

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