No progress made over ‘rotting’ parish council office problems

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NO PROGRESS has been made on a rotting parish council building in Holbeach since issues were uncovered last month, councillors have been told.

The damage to Coubro Chambers on West End includes damp, leaking guttering and rotting facia boards and was revealed after surveyors were called in.

Speaking at this month’s parish council meeting, Coun Esmond Tearle said no work can be undertaken until after the closing date for tenders has passed.

However, he warned the plaster work in the member’s room seemed to have got worse and, with bad weather approaching, councillors should expect the building to deteriorate even further.

He said: “We need to take this very seriously. It looks very impressive to avoid increases in budgets, especially in these troubled times but we need to be realistic, and as members of the parish council, we all need to face our responsibilities.”

He added: “We can’t let this situation happen again.”

Councillors were able to vote in favour of carrying out repairs to the wall at All Saint’s Church in Holbeach.

The wall was dislodged when a car hit it about two years ago.

However, clerk Jill Harrington said the council were unable to claim on the insurance because too much time had passed.