Statue facelift on hold

Salford Advertiser - - MANCHESTER MATTERS - Todd Fitzger­ald

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

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