The Cross gets a face lift

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Notice anything different about our Cross?

Following an issue about the state of the village centre raised by a resident at one of the Parish Council monthly surgeries, work has taken place to clean up the Cross.
The original plan had been to undertake a quick removal of the weeds growing on the stonework and then proceed to do the same on the High Street. However the size of the task has proved greater than expected.

Nevertheless, thanks must go to four members of the Parish Council for their efforts yesterday in removing the bulk of the weeds and moss that had accumulated on and around the Cross.

Chairperson Katie Norris and councillors John Bickley, Sarah Thomas, and Chris Whitehurst spent 2 hours cleaning the iconic monument, eventually filling a green wheelie bin with weeds and debris.

The reason for the accumulation of weeds appears to be a deterioration of the mortar between the sandstone blocks, and this will mean that further work on "pointing" will need to take place.

However a quick glance shows how the appearance of the monument has been improved.

Malpas Online extends a big thank you to the Parish Councillors for their effort.
We would also ask if residents living on High Street and Church if they would consider clearing the weeds and debris from the front of their properties.

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