Holbeach: Historic shelter to be demolished

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A 75-YEAR-OLD Holbeach landmark is to be demolished after being a safety risk.

The Jubilee Shelter was built in Carter’s Park in 1935 to mark King George V’s silver jubilee. It was paid for thanks to public subscription.

However, over the years the structure has fallen into disrepair and Holbeach Parish Council, which is responsible for it, cannot justify spending the amount of money needed to make it safe again.

At the annual parish meeting on Monday, Coun Carol Johnson explained that the shelter needs at least £2,800 spending on the roof.

She said it will cost £1,500 to demolish it.

South Holland district councillor Francis Biggadike spoke at the meeting saying he felt the shelter should be preserved if possible.

However, the council decided the costs were too high and the only way to deal with it was demolition.

It was agreed that the shelter will be replaced in some way and that the commemorative plaque that is on it will be placed on the new structure.

Coun Jenny Worth suggested that the replacement could be considered as a project for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next year.

Coun Christine Smith said it would be a good idea to get the town’s schools involved.