Statue facelift on hold
Plans to give a facelift to salford’s historic statues of Queen Victoria and Prince albert have been put on hold after a town hall mix-up.
Council bosses had hoped to give the sicilian marble landmark in front of salford Museum and art Gallery a makeover and sought consent from local government secretary Eric Pickles.
Bosses planned to used £20,000 from council cof- fers, taking advantage of a forecasted budget underspend, to revamp the Grade II-listed statues, which have stood in the city for more than 150 years. But the extra cash is no longer available and new planning applications are needed in any case.
The town hall is now looking into alternative sources, which could include heritage bodies, before going back to Mr Pickles.
a council spokesman said: “These two monuments are in need of urgent repair work, but we have no immediate funds to do this.
“We were aiming to put the necessary permissions in place for work to go ahead so we were ready to bid for funding.”
●●The Grade II-listed Statue of Queen Victoria which was due to be renovated