Quality of £650k seafront roof revamp called into question

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The flat roof area above Marine Parade businesses has been resurfaced and had new glass fencing installed for a cost of £650,000

A COUPLE and their toddler were showered with smashed glass on Marine Parade in Lyme Regis, after one of the new glass panels on the flat roof area above was broken.

The incident occurred about three weeks ago, when one of the council’s gardeners was mowing grass in Langmoor Gardens and a stone was thrown up which smashed the glass panel.

The flat roof area above SWIM, the Antiques & Craft Centre and Amusement Arcade has recently been resurfaced and had glass panels installed for a cost of £650,000 to the town council.

When the panel was shattered, most of the glass fell on to the flat roof but a small amount fell to Marine Parade below, just outside the Amusement Arcade, hitting a couple and a toddler. No injuries were sustained.

Town clerk John Wright commented: “The issue was referred to the architect who designed and managed the project for the council and, following discussions with the installer, he has confirmed the correct glass panel was installed.

“The chances of the glass panel breaking in this way are small, as is the chance of a repeat occurrence.”

Work was started on the resurfacing project early this year, just before the coronavirus pandemic struck, and the town clerk last week said that this project and financial effects of COVID-19 has cost the council a total of £1million – a big hit to its reserves which previously stood at £1.4million.

But the quality of the resurfacing work has now been questioned with Lyme Regis resident Nigel Ball, a keen follower of council matters, raising the issue during the public forum of last week’s virtual meeting.

He said he was “very disappointed” with the work, as the flat roof area was already pooling water and there was no run off.

“It can’t go on like that, it needs to be looked at and rectified,” he commented.

The town clerk said: “The new roof covers an area of approximately one quarter of an acre. Measures have been taken to reduce ponding but inevitably on a flat area of this size, some ponding will occur.”

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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