WORK to repair a war memorial will cost upwards of £15,000 after a new report revealed the slightest touch could cause it to move.
The Tutbury War Memorials Preservation Committee spoke to the Mail after receiving a detailed assessment of the condition of the stone cross war memorial St Mary’s Priory Church in the village.
Conservation architects Smith and Roper have confirmed that major work is needed to preserve the memorial, and campaigners are now working out a plan to raise funds to pay for the revamp.
Rick Nuth, chairman of Tutbury War Memorials Preservation Committee, said: “The summary of the reports on the memorial, built in 1920, is that it is leaning but not subsiding, but when pressure is applied to the cross at the top the whole shaft moves.
“Previous repairs have failed and/or were poorly executed and almost all of the mortar is missing, which leads to further erosion.
“Our future plans are to review the access to the memorial as the current approach is only via steps, to obtain permission for the preservation work and obtain quotes for the work.
“The suggested estimated cost of £15,000 could change significantly when detailed quotes are received.
“Our estimated timeline is to have the conservation work done during spring and summer 2015.
“A rededication of the memorial is due on July 1, 2016 – the centenary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme, due to its connection with the area.
“We hope to get a 75 per grant from the War Memorials Trust, probably leaving us around £4,000 to find locally.”