East Leeds: War memorial set for clean-up

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PLANS have been revealed for the restoration of Kippax’s landmark war memorial to its former glory.

The memorial, which stands off Park Avenue, acts as a focal point for the local community but is showing signs of wear and tear.

And now Kippax Parish Council has announced that work is set to commence on a major and much-needed clean-up project.

A number of broken stones at the memorial will also be replaced as part of the improvements, which are being carried out by the parish council and Leeds City Council’s parks and countryside department.

An exact start date has yet to be confirmed for the work but it is hoped the cleaning phase will be completed in time for next month’s Remembrance commemorations. In the longer term, plans are also being drawn up that are designed to make the gardens around the memorial easier to maintain.

Coun Doug Morley, chairman of Kippax Parish Council, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “The war memorial is a hugely important feature of our community and we want to have it in pristine condition.”

Coun Morley added: “We are aiming to get at least some of the work done before our Remembrance parade, which is one of the biggest in the area.” He also stressed that both the Kippax branch of the Royal British Legion and Kippax in Bloom had been consulted about the project.