The York Civic Trust have confirmed that the restoration work that they plan to do on the Acomb War Memorial will be restricted to repairing and cleaning the stonework. Some of the lettering on the monument will also be repainted. The work is partly being sponsored by the Trust with a contribution from the City of York Council. The work is being managed by volunteers.
The scope of the refurbishment falls short of level of work which residents had hoped could be achieved before the Centenary of the end of WW1 which takes place on 11th November.
The original specification for the upgrade had included items like;
- Lopping some of the overhanging tree branches to allow more sunlight into the area (and thereby encourage plant growth)
- Extending the paving (which currently ends near the entrance) so that wheelchair users could access the memorial
- Provision of an interpretation board
- The possible provision of a commemorative public seat ( https://www.davidogilvie.com/ww1-seat )
The “Friends of Acomb Green” are hoping to have a fund-raising event shortly but, if more work is to be commissioned, in the time available, it is likely that Council and Ward committee funding will be required.