Plans to relocate a war memorial in Ordsall, Salford are to be unveiled this week by Salford City Council, Salix Homes and LPC Living.
The memorial, which commemorates men from the area who lost their lives in the First World War, currently stands outside the former British Legion on Robert Hall Street.
The council has been working with LPC Living, the regeneration developer charged with transforming the 180 acre estate, Salix Homes, the Royal British Legion and local residents to return the memorial to its original home in Regents Square park located 200 metres to the north.
“The memorial used to stand in Regent Square but was moved from there during the 1970s because of vandalism,” said Salford City Council’s Strategic Director of Environment and Community, Ben Dolan.
“It is now at the Royal British Legion club in Ordsall Lane, but because of plans to redevelop the area, we need to find a new home for it. Residents from the New Barracks estate have voted unanimously for it to return to its original site in Regent Square park and we’re delighted to help make that happen.”
Jackie Crook, community involvement and new initiatives manager at Salix Homes, added: “As part of the project the war memorial will be cleaned up and restored and a new plaque to those that lost their lives will be installed. We hope it will be back in its original home in time for the 100 year anniversary of the outbreak of the war.”
Scott Neal, marketing manager for LPC Living, said “The Ordsall estate has changed radically in recent years so we’re delighted that this important piece of local history will now finally be able to return to its original home to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. We would encourage local residents to come and have a look at the plans and share their thoughts at this week’s open day.”
The open day takes place this Wednesday 21 May from 2.00pm to 6.00pm at Salford Lads and Girls Club.