Council to discuss changes to controversial Peterloo memorial


Manchester City Council’s Communities and Equalities Scrutiny Committee will meet this week to discuss plans to improve the accessibility of the city’s new memorial to the 1819 Peterloo Massacre.

The memorial, which was unveiled to coincide with the 200 year anniversary of the massacre, has come under fire for a lack of disability access.

But the council will now discuss seven different suggestions to improve the problem that were included in a report to the committee.

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Four of the seven suggestions take the form of various designs for a ramp, with one of them going so far as to recommend demolishing and reconstructed the memorial.

Another of the possibilities is to add a handrail to the memorial, whilst a temporary ramp to be added at certain times of year is another mooted suggestion.

The memorial had attracted criticism from disability campaigners due to the circular-stepped feature being extremely difficult to access for wheelchair users.

The memorial, designed by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller, features inscriptions designed to be read as people walk up and down its tiered design.

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