Work to stabilise the riverbank around Warrington Cenotaph is due to start next week.
After discovering damage to the embankment at the Bridge Foot site, Warrington Borough Council consulted stakeholders on different options for the memorial – including relocating to another site in the town centre.
The majority of people who responded were in favour of retaining the Cenotaph in its current location at Bridge Foot. The council now plans to stabilise the river bank to protect and safeguard the Cenotaph and the surrounding structures.
The start of construction work is scheduled for the end of November 2018, ensuring that the Cenotaph is fully accessible for Remembrance Sunday 2018. The work, which will include improving accessibility for disabled people, is due to be completed in time for Remembrance Sunday 2019.
The next steps in the project are to carry out some ground investigations so that the structural design work can start. This will entail contractors drilling exploratory boreholes into the edge of the river bank, where the new river wall will be constructed.
The Cenotaph and the memorial walls will not be affected by this work. Work should take around five days in total, provisionally starting on site the week commencing 11 December, subject to weather conditions.