York is set to invest £350,000 to restore parts of the city walls that are cracking up.
The walls were monitored over 15 months from 2014, and ten locations across the two mile route have been reported as in need of vital repair.
About 2.5 million people walk across the walls each year and city archaeologist John Oxley says that the restoration will ensure visitors continue to enjoy “the best example of medieval city walls” in England.
A report to be considered at City of York Council’s transport and planning decision session on Thursday (June 9) says the first phase of the long-term restoration programme would take place over the next five years.
It focuses on three areas in most critical need of restoration: Micklegate Bar, Monk Bar and Tower 32.
Micklegate Bar roof
Four sets of vertical cracks have appeared in the corners of the roof. Internal timber work and lead replacement is desperately needed to keep the weather out and strengthen the overall structure.
Monk Bar steps
Significant subsidence has caused the steps to migrate south. The steps need to be safely lifted and waterproofed to counteract the considerable water damage leaking through the road arch.
Tower 32 has developed major vertical cracking and subsidence along the wall. The council report says a new door is required, together with foundation work and masonryto restore the tower to its former glory.