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Repairs due on historic building
ATROCIOUS weather last year has prompted council chiefs to order essential works on a historic Weymouth town centre building.
The front of the Grade II* listed Guildhall in St Edmund Street, which is almost 180 years old, needs to be repaired to prevent further damage and the risk of stone falling into the street.
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council is to carry out the work to its own building but the application has to be determined by the Secretary for Culture, Media and Sport.
The planning and traffic committee was asked to recommend the plan for approval before it goes to the government for inspection.
The Guildhall is among the council assets which will be eventually sold off to save money.
At present it is used for council meetings and a venue for civil weddings while the adjoining annexe is the home of Weymouth Community Volunteers.
Essential stone repairs are required to the front of the St Edmund Street side of the building due to corroding iron cramps and fixing which are damaging surrounding stonework.
The committee heard that there had been concerns after cracks appeared in the columns and lintel, thought to be linked to the wet winter and summer of 2012, and made worse by the building being near the coast.
Liz James from the council’s property services department said the deterioration to the front of the building had been ‘rapid’ and there was a concern for pedestrians and vehicles due to the building being next to the road.
Scaffolding would be put up for work to be carried out, which should happen between September and December.
Scaffolding should not affect pedestrians or road users.
The council is working closely with English Heritage on the project, councillors heard.
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