Northampton Borough Council understands its application for scheduled ancient monument consent to carry out maintenance to the town’s Eleanor Cross will be passed to the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) shortly.
An application was made earlier this month to carry out the work to protect the thirteenth century monument in London Road.
While the application is considered by DCMS, the borough council is considering quotes from a range of potential contractors with a view to appointing once consent is received.
Cllr Tim Hadland, Northampton Borough Council Cabinet member for regeneration, enterprise and planning, said: “We are keen to ensure that this work is carried out in the right way and as soon as practicable.
“The Eleanor Cross is a very important part of Northampton’s heritage and it is essential that we get this work right, which is why anything we do will be governed by a tight brief from Historic England and assessed thoroughly by expert conservators before being done.
“I’m sure the last thing anyone wants is for us to rush into anything, however good the intention, and end up doing more damage than we aim to prevent with this maintenance work.”