A cleaning and maintenance inspection of the iconic Dream sculpture has begun.
The routine, scheduled works began yesterday (Monday 25th April) and will take approximately three weeks to complete, weather dependent.
A cherry picker will be used to access the upper reaches of the sculpture and clean the surface with high-temperature, low pressure steam.
The sculpture will also benefit from graffiti removal and protection, treatment of mould growth and minor remedial works to the base of the structure and the surrounding plinth.
The sculpture will be fenced off around the plinth for the duration of the works, and a temporary welfare cabin erected for maintenance workers close to the entrance on Jubits Lane, opposite Bell Lane.
There will be no impact on public access or footpaths in Bold Forest Park, though visitors must remain outside the fenced area for their safety.
Labour’s Andy Bowden, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, says: “This work, called for by your local Labour team and carried out by your Labour council, once again demonstrates our commitment to both the statue itself and the delivery of the Bold Forest Action Plan.”
Bold Labour councillor Lisa Preston and Labour candidates Jim Housley and Charlie Preston say: “We’re delighted to see the much-loved Dream getting a good Spring clean. It’s an icon and we’re determined to see both the statue and the wider area get the attention it needs and deserves, and working with the council, the Mersey Forest, and other partners, that’s what we’ll do.”