WWar me­mo­rial to get over­haul af­ter trans­fer

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

THE war me­mo­rial is be­ing handed to town coun­cil­lors who will ap­ply for cash to im­prove it.

Cheshire East coun­cil has de­cided to trans­fer re­spon­si­bil­ity for Bolling­ton War Me­mo­rial, on Palmer­ston Street, to Bolling­ton Town Coun­cil with a 125 year lease.

This will mean town coun­cil­lors can ap­ply for grants to ren­o­vate the de­grad­ing me­mo­rial.

It comes at a time when there is a campaign by mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to bring about im­prove­ments to the ceno­taph.

Coun Amanda Stott, town mayor, said: “The town coun­cil asked for the me­mo­rial to be trans­ferred so that two new plinths can be built.

“The ex­ist­ing me­mo­rial can­not be re­paired and also has some omis­sions and spell­ing er­rors. The new memo­ri­als will cor- rect this.

“As mayor my char­ity for this year is the me­mo­rial fund which has been set up to make this hap­pen, through col­lec­tions at the First World War com­mem­o­ra­tions and var­i­ous raf­fles. We still have a long way to go.

“Many lo­cal peo­ple have so far made do­na­tions, but we are hop­ing for a size­able sum from Cheshire East to get the project well un­der­way.”

It was de­cided to trans­fer to me­mo­rial to the town coun­cil at a Cabi­net Mem­ber for Fi­nance meet­ing, as part of the process by Cheshire East to trans­fer ser­vices and as­sets to town and par­ish coun­cils. The coun­cil’s Cabi­net had pre­vi­ously de­cided that a num­ber of prop­er­ties should be trans­ferred to town or par­ish coun­cils dur­ing a first phase of the de­vo­lu­tion process, but Bolling­ton War Me­mo­rial was not in­cluded in the list.

It was since iden­ti­fied as an ap­pro­pri­ate as­set to be de­volved to the town coun­cil.

The trans­fer is still sub­ject to con­sul­ta­tion with res­i­dents but it’s hoped it will al­low the town coun­cil to win grants for its restora­tion and re­fur­bish­ment.

Bolling­ton artist Una Hosey has drawn up an im­pres­sion of how the new me­mo­rial could look. She do­nated a scan of a wa­ter­colour il­lus­tra­tion to the Bolling­ton War Me­mo­rial Fund.

The plinths are be­ing made from Ker­ridge stone which will be hard­er­wear­ing than the ex­ist­ing me­mo­rial.

Coun Stott said: “The war me­mo­rial is some­thing which touches most peo­ple in some way, es­pe­cially this year as we com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary of the First World War.

“We’d like to hear from any­one wish­ing to help with the project.”

Any­one wish­ing to do­nate to the project can send cheques to Bolling­ton War Me­mo­rial fund c/o Town Hall, Welling­ton Road, Bolling­ton, SK10 5JR.

●● Artist Una Hosey cre­ated this wa­ter­colour il­lus­tra­tion of how the new Bolling­ton War Me­mo­rial will look

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