CAMPAIGNERS battling to save the iconic conservatory in Stamford Park, Stalybridge, have been dealt a blow.
Cllr Kevin Welsh has revealed repairs could cost as much as £100,000.
The bad news came when ward councillors had a meeting with Greenspace manager Nicola Marshall, who revealed the extent of the damage to the conservatory that has been shut for some time because of “structural issues”.
Cllr Welsh said: “Nicola showed us some photographs that revealed significant damage due to wear and tear.
“We were told the cost of repairs cold be between £80,000-£100,000,which is a considerable sum.”
Cllr Welsh added: “It is a challenge, but we are not giving up on it and a number of avenues are open to us.
“We could apply for capital funds from Tameside MBC, make a bid for Lottery cash or get the Big Local from Ridge Hill involved.
“Maybe we could also get Tameside College or other training providers involved, though we are not at that stage yet.
“They are some of the options for help open to us if and when we push on to the next phase.”
The plight of the abandoned conservatory was raised by Grey Street resident Jean Latchford last year in a letter to the Correspondent.
She wrote: “I wonder if you could find out what is happening with the Victorian greenhouse in Stamford Park. It was restored a few years ago at considerable time, trouble and expense.
“But it has had a sign on it for at least 18 months wich says ‘closed for roof repairs’.”
Cllr Welsh, whose ward includes Stamford Park, was unaware the conservatory had been shut, but took up the case.
The John Nield Conservatory – its full name – was erected and furnished with plants from the legacy to Stamford Park by the late JP. It was opened on October 13, 1907.
It was completely rebuilt and restored to the original Victorian design between 1982-84 and reopened in April 1985.
There was a later extensive refurbishment that was completed in May 2003.