Bell tower to be restored

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WORK to restore the historic bell tower at Sheffield’s City Road Cemetery is set to take place in the summer.

Sheffield Council is to spend £180,000 on repairs to the Grade II listed structure - which has already had £30,000 spent on an inspection and emergency work to address “immediate safety concerns”.

Officers recommended funding should be approved despite the pressure on council budgets or they were concerned the structure, at the entrance from City Road, would “fall into disrepair and collapse”.

They added that it was unlikely English Heritage would let the council avoid its maintenance obligations.

Sheffield Council’s cabinet has been asked to approve the funding, from its Emergency Mitigation budget, at a meeting today.

Work involves dismantling and rebuilding the tower, parapet wall and chimney stacks.

The project, to be carried out by a specialist contractor, is set to start in June and be completed by November.