Work will commence at the War Memorial on London Road/Ellesmere Road week beginning Monday 4 March 2019 and is scheduled to take about two weeks. The Parish Council applied for and have agreement for a grant of up to £3200 from the War Memorial Trust. The Parish Council will commit a further £3200 and this will fund the cleaning of the memorial and its surrounding paving , using superheated steam, a method endorsed by the War Memorial Trust. This will remove algae growth and discoloration from air pollutants. All masonry joints on the memorial and surrounding paving will be cleaned out and repointed. In addition to these works, a further £3470 will be paid by the Parish Council for a sill to be introduced to the World War II dedication stone, mounted behind the memorial on the brick wall, to protect this stonework from further deterioration due to rainfall. During the works, the area will be protected behind a barrier and screen. There should be no disruption to traffic, but pedestrians should be aware and take care when walking along London Road and Ellesmere Road.
Lloyd and Smith, a specialist restoration and conservation company based in Oldham, will be undertaking the works. The works to the memorial were recommended by Lloyd Evans Pritchard, a Manchester-based Chartered Architect practice, when they surveyed the condition of the memorial in September 2016.