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Plan to restore Dudley's historic town fountain

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 22, 2014

Flashback to the first unveiling of the fountain

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A PLANNING application has been submitted to restore Dudley's much loved fountain as part of the town centre's regeneration programme.

The work will form part of the £6.7m redevelopment of Dudley's historic market place, which also includes new public toilets, stone work, market stalls, paving, enhanced feature lighting and street furniture.

Proposals for the fountain include £150,000 of improvements.

The water basins will be restored, new pipe work will be installed and all water will be regulated during windy days to avoid spray soaking the surrounding area. Two statues will be restored, the missing tiered water fountain in the central archway will be recreated and coloured glass in the panels of the central dome will be reset.

Conservation repairs will also be made to the stonework and pointing, including removal of the built-up surface dirt to restore the natural white colour of the Portland stone.

Pigeon deterrents will also be installed on the ledges.

Councillor Judy Foster, cabinet member for regeneration, said: "The Earl of Dudley donated the fountain to the people of Dudley in 1867 and it has remained a central and prominent part of the town's character ever since.

"We want to protect this historic installation for many generations to come, so it's fantastic that funding is making this restoration possible."

The full project is programmed for completion in the first half of 2015.

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