Two more panels of seafront glass balustrade smashed

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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 in 2020

TWO more panels of the glass balustrade above Marine Parade in Lyme Regis have been smashed this week. 

Lyme Regis Town Council says the panels of glass fencing were “deliberately broken”.

It follows months of debate over the suitability of the glass balustrade above SWIM, the Antiques & Craft Centre and Amusement Arcade, which was installed last year as part of a major project to resurface the flat roof area above the Marine Parade, which cost a total of £650,000, including the new surface and glass balustrade.

One panel was smashed by a stone thrown up during grass cutting in Langmoor Gardens just a few months after the fencing was installed last year.

In this incident, the glass shattered and a small amount fell on a family below outside Lyme Regis Amusement Arcade.

An investigation into the specification of the strengthened glass balustrade was launched and the council was told that the toughened glass panels were of a suitable specification for the location, but in this instance the panel had not behaved as expected.

In this week’s incidents, no one was injured or affected by the breakages.

The latest panels to be smashed include one of the new panels, as well as one above the Marine Parade shelters which were installed several years ago.

A statement from the town council said: “Glass panels on the roof above Marine Parade were deliberately broken. The glass performed as we would have expected it to and no one was injured or affected by the breakage.

“We will be arranging for the panels to be replaced.”

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