Memorial future assured

By Sam Hall in Local People

WORK to ensure Newton Abbot’s War Memorial, pictured above, is still standing in 100 years’ time has been given the seal of approval.

Phil Rowe, the town council’s clerk, lodged plans with Teignbridge Council to repair and refurbish the Grade II listed structure near Devon Square.

The work – expected to cost in the region of £100,000 – was given the go-ahead last week by planning officers at the district authority.

Mr Rowe said: ‘I am extremely pleased that Teignbridge’s planning and conservation officers were prepared to support the town council’s proposals and grant consent.

‘The next phase of the project is to source the funding to make the improvements happen.

‘The costs, due to their specialist building conservation nature, will not be insignificant. However, the town council is determined to deliver these improvements to ensure this nearly 100-year-old iconic structure is fit for purpose for the next 100 years.’

Work is expected to get underway next year.

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