£42k spent on town hall repairs

Scaffolding round Blackpool Town Hall

Scaffolding round Blackpool Town Hall

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Tens of thousands of pounds are being spent on essential repairs to Blackpool Town Hall.

Scaffolding has been erected around part of the historic building in Talbot Square to enable repairs to be made to the stonework and windows including a stained glass window outside the Mayor’s Parlour.

The project is costing around £42,000 to complete, council bosses have revealed.

Town hall chiefs say they have no choice but to do the work because the building is Grade II listed.

Steve Thompson, Blackpool Council’s director of resources, said: “Maintenance works are being carried out on the windows and stone work of the town hall.

“It has been around 30 years since this part of the town hall was attended to and as it is a Grade II listed building, we have a legal obligation to make sure that it is kept in a good state of repair, which this work will do.

“The work will repair and replace the stained glass windows and stone work outside the Mayor’s Parlour at the Town Hall.

“This work is quite specialist so we have had to draft in an expert contractor with the correct stonemasonry knowledge to make sure that the work is carried out properly and to the right requirements.”

The town hall has been a listed building since 1974 and was built between 1895 and 1900 in a Jacobean style.

In 1985 some work was carried out the stonework and the clock was restored.

As well as being listed, it is also part of the town centre conservation area.