WWar memorial to get overhaul after transfer
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