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Restoration plan made for Clitheroe Parliament turret
A TURRET from the Houses of Parliament which was presented to Clitheroe in 1937 could be restored after falling into disrepair.
Clitheroe Civic Society has commissioned a report into the current state of the structure, which is due to be published in the next few months.
The group, which held a committee meeting on Tuesday night, resolved to find ways to maintain the turret and appealed to Ribble Valley Borough Council, Clitheroe Town Council and residents for their support.
The Grade II-listed structure, which dates from the 1840s, is sited in the castle grounds and was given to the Ribble Valley town by Clitheroe MP Sir William Brass to mark the coronation of King George VI.
Following the publication of the report, the society will assess how much the work would cost and consider applying for grants.
The group will hold further talks on the project at its next committee meeting in February.
Civic society chairman Pauline Wood said: “We will find the ways and means to maintain the turret and there is no way that we will let it disappear from the town.
“It’s a unique structure to have here and should be maintained for generations to come.
“Most of the funding will hopefully come from grants but it would well be a great deal of money that’s needed.
“The project could take until the end of the year to be finished because finding the funding might take a while.
“We have two members of the group who are going to compile a report and we will hear their findings within the next few months.
“A lot of people are very familiar with the turret and it needs to be properly looked after.”
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