There are more than 800 public statues around the UK which mark moments of history and convey the values that society held at the time that these were built. Although one segment of the populate seek removal of these on the basis that these statues promote racist, sexist, homophobic values, another part of the population considers these statues to be valued artefacts which we can learn from. Democratic channels achieve a balance between these views.
In Poole, there is a statue of Lord Robert Baden-Powell who is associated with racism, supporting Hitler, and holding homophobic views. The statue, under police advice was to be removed for its protection following the toppling of the Edward Colston statue.
A petition against its permanent removal gained traction with over 10,000 signatories. Local councils therefore must engage with the populate's multiple conflicting views to consider what actions to take with monuments that some see as problematic, and others see as a valuable historic monument, or even a learning point from history. 
Democratic channels have not failed as they aim to build consensus amongst conflicting perspectives.