Cambridge Gate – Three Graces Statue Proposa

Further to my email of 28 September 2021, we have now uploaded to the CEPC’s website the Cambridge Gate Three Graces Condition Report, Paint Analysis Report, Cleaning Test Results, Cover Meter Survey, Photograph Survey as well as the Conservation Estimate Cost. The link to these documents is Cambridge Gate – CEPC.

Bearing in mind the potential costs of doing the full set of works is estimated at £113,876 + VAT and that on 30 September 2021 there was £15,093 in the Cambridge Gate Garden Fund, we would need to increase your current garden rate of 0.05p/£ of the yearly rateable value of your property to the maximum rate cap of 2.5p/£ at 1 April 2022. We are mindful this is a significant increase and to provide some guidance on the possible change to the garden rates, please see the attached spreadsheet which indicates the estimated payment per property based on the 2021-22 rateable values (note these could change). Work to such statutes is, as previously explained, specialist and delicate. Ultimately

the materials used will deteriorate over time and the best case is that further deterioration can be slowed. Use of inappropriate materials can exacerbate and hasten their deterioration. The investigations carried out have, in our view, been thorough. There are some repairs that are required and delay will likely increase the rate of damage plus construction prices are currently seeing significant inflation. We are open to different approaches to the repairs including not carrying out all of the works proposed or phasing either by individual set of statute and plinth or statues and plinths together. That may mean that prices are increased but can be spread over time (there is an economy in carrying out such works in one operation). We would be grateful if you could let us have any comments on the proposed works and approach in writing, via e mail/letter to me, by 5 December 2021. If you have any queries on this please do let me know.