Council roof repairs rocket to nearly £100,000

PUBLISHED: 11:00 17 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 25 May 2010

REPAIRS to the dilapidated roof of a council chamber could cost nearly £100,000.

REPAIRS to the dilapidated roof of a council chamber could cost nearly £100,000.

The 'surprising' news from Burnham and Highbridge Town Council was revealed at a recent meeting.

Town clerk Eileen Shaw said that councillors were taken aback by the figures, but as the building is one of the council's best assets they are prepared to look after it and spend the cash.

She said: "It is probably the biggest strain the council has had, but it is worth a lot more than this so we have to look after it.

"When the figures were announced the councillors were surprised, but with the current market we are hoping that the costs won't be as much as there should be more competition."

After an architecture survey, a pre-tender cost report stated that roof repairs, including administration costs, scaffolding costs and other elements, would cost £96,000.

Mrs Shaw said that this cost is the worst case scenario as they hope to bargain for a better deal.

The council now plans to budget for an extra £15,000 each year over the next three to four years, beginning in April.

Mrs Shaw said repairs to the leaking roof in the offices and meeting rooms and adding insulation will be a priority and this will cost £15,000.

Further maintenance will involve dismantling of the tiles in the main council chamber and initial costing suggests this would be about £53,000.

Mrs Shaw added: "It's a big old job but it's our main asset so we have to think long term.

"There is no two ways about it that this work needs to be done, so we just have to start budgeting."

The building was built in the 1920s and has previously had some patched repair work done.

Mrs Shaw ruled out plans of relocating and said to avoid losing any money they have to push ahead with repairs.

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