PLANS to erect a Kes statue a stone’s throw away from Barry Hines’ former home are currently under consideration.

An application to create the art, which will depict Billy Casper and Kes, in Hoyland Common were submitted last week.

It’s the second piece of artwork in relation to the hit film in the past few years, after a similar statue was erected which is now situated outside the Alhambra Centre.

Coun Robert Frost, cabinet spokesperson for regeneration and culture, told the Chronicle: “We’re planning for a sculpture to be installed in Hoyland Common through external government funding to create art projects in local communities.

“The metal sculpture depicts characters Billy Casper and Kes from Barry Hines’ ‘A Kestrel For a Knave’, celebrating the work of the late Barnsley author.

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“Hines had close links to Hoyland Common, and the sculpture will sit across from where the author once lived.”

Coun Chris Lamb added: “I am a keen supporter of public art, because it adds interest to our public places and often serves as a focal point for a community.

“I am particularly pleased to welcome this statue because it was the brainchild of my friend and former colleague, Coun Jim Andrews, who sadly passed away in October last year.”