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Roof at Glossop Town Hall set to be repaired

Investigation work is set to start at Glossop Town Hall as the Council announces plans to repair the roof and the clock.

High Peak Borough Council is putting together a team of specialists to design and cost the project to renovate the roof, remove all of the asbestos in the roof space, replace the gutters and the parapets and repair the clock.

Council Leader, Councillor Tony Ashton, said: "The Town Hall is one of Glossop's most important heritage buildings and we simply cannot afford to let the roof deteriorate still further.

"We also know that this is not a straightforward project due to the presence of asbestos in the roof space which has meant that it hasn't been possible to access and inspect all elements of the roof structure during previous building surveys.

"The specialist team that we're appointing will include architects, surveyors and asbestos specialists who will assess the current condition with a view to designing a scheme for repairing the roof and the clock."

The team will be on site in the coming weeks and is expected to report back to the Council by June this year.

The announcement follows an unsuccessful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund last year for a scheme to renovate the Town Hall, Market Hall and Municipal Buildings.

Councillor Ashton added: "Carrying out work to repair the Town Hall roof does not spell the end of the Glossop Halls development project. The feedback we received from the HLF was encouraging and we're working to ensure a stronger case is put forward next time. That will take many months so, in the meantime, we've decided to undertake these roof investigation works with a view to preventing further deterioration.

"The clock is a key feature of both the building and the town centre and I know that people in Glossop are keen to see it repaired and working again. We share that aim so the team will also be looking at how to do that as they carry out a full survey of the roof area."