WORK has already started on improvements to the Cenotaph at Bridge Foot, Warrington, as plans continue to be developed to improve access.
The council’s Armed Forces/World War 1 Commemoration task group made the announcement about the plans last month which are now being developed to improve landscaping, flagged areas and public access to the memorial.
The first phase of the plans is to refresh the site in time for this year’s Remembrance Service and the flower beds have been weeded and the grassed areas re-turfed.
In addition, two benches will be fitted facing the Cenotaph and specialist cleaning company Antique Bronze is undertaking clean-up of the bronze memorial plaques and some of the masonry.
Deputy leader and chair of the Armed Forces/World War 1 Commemoration task group, Cllr Mike Hannon, said: “Currently the task group is focused on ensuring that the site is improved in time for this year’s Remembrance service and over future years, we plan to continue to invest in and develop the site.
“Some of the improvements will happen sooner than others but we are developing the plans and taking on board feedback and suggestions.
We have also started to identify additional works to improve the function of the site and are considering how the site will be maintained.
All decisions will be centred on ensuring that future generations have a war memorial to remind them of the sacrifices that have been made.”
Campaigners calling for the memorial to be moved to a more suitable location, were left feeling outraged when they were left out of consulatation talks and have pledged to carry on a campaign to have the cenotaph relocated.
Picture shows the cenotaph on a remembrance day parade