The assessments have identified the work needed to restore the monument. A particular concern is the state of the stone plaque listing the names of those who died; many of the names are deteriorating and becoming illegible.
We have established a committee with the Lord Lieutenant to raise funds for the repair and restoration by a public appeal.
The monument has great significance to the Buckinghamshire people. In addition to the £6,000 already spent on professional assessments, we have also made a grant of £15,000 to kick-start the appeal. We hope funds can also be secured from English Heritage and support will be given by the regiments and corps in the Army, whose predecessors are named on the monument.
We estimate the work will cost in the region of £70,000. This includes the restoration of the land in the immediate vicinity of the monument which is subject to erosion caused by the large number of visitors. Even with the support already committed or promised, we still need to raise about £50,000.