Council bids to keep a roof over its head

PUBLISHED: 09:07 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:24 15 June 2010

AFTER delaying a decision for a year, Honiton Town Council is likely to proceed with costly repairs to its building in New Street.

AFTER delaying a decision for a year, Honiton Town Council is likely to proceed with costly repairs to its building in New Street.A "patch-up job" is no longer feasible, members of the council's policy committee agreed on Monday.The building, which houses the council chamber, offices and Honiton Senior Citizens' Centre, is in a poor state of repair, experts have revealed.Pointing at the front of the premises is "just falling out", leaving exposed areas that are becoming severely damaged by the weather.The building's roof has no under-felt and nails holding slates in place have corroded, causing the potential for slates to slip and water to seep in. Experts say the structure needs to be replaced."We should not just do a patch-up job," said councillor Jill McNally. "It's not going to get better; it's going to get worse."Town clerk Lyn Hargood revealed water had already seeped into the building, during heavy rainfall in the summer.Councillor Richard Gaughan said: "We have got to provide a safe, warm, dry building."We owe it to ourselves and the senior citizens to make a good job of it."The cost of repairs will run into thousands of pounds, but councillors have recommended the proposed work be considered under best practice principles - to ensure council taxpayers receive value for money.


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