WORK could soon start on making much needed repairs to a 'unique' village war memorial after listed building consent was approved.

Magor's cenotaph will be cleaned, repaired and protected from further deterioration to protect the names of the fallen.

The proposals put forward by Magor with Undy Community Council were given the green light under officer-delegated powers this week.

The focal point of the village square, the memorial was built in 1924 as a tribute to local residents who died during the First World War.

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The memorial is a focal point of the village square

It was given as a gift to the village from Sybil Viscountess Rhondda and her daughter the Viscountess Rhondda of Llanwern Park.

The monument also serves as a memorial to Sybil Viscountess Rhondda's husband, the Viscount Rhondda, who was the food controller to the nation during the First World War.

Beverly Cawley, Magor with Undy Community Council clerk, said it is a "unique monument" as it pays tribute to someone who did not fight in the war but who played a vital role introducing the rationing system.

But it is in need of urgent work to protect its future.


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As well as cleaning and repair work, two panels will be replaced in their original style under the plans.

Work will also include removing vegetation from the roof, work to preserve a bronze medallion and some repainting and repointing.

It is estimated the total cost will be around £22,000, taking up to around four weeks to complete.

The community council has applied for a grant of around £9,600 from Cadw towards the costs.

The square will be partially closed off for safety reasons when the work is carried out but traffic will still be allowed through.

Updates on when the work will start will be posted on Magor with Undy Community Council's website.