Town hall negotiations continue

THE final bill for restoring Yarmouth's historic town hall is still being negotiated following a catalogue of extra problems unearthed by contractors.The original costs estimate of £1.

THE final bill for restoring Yarmouth's historic town hall is still being negotiated following a catalogue of extra problems unearthed by contractors.

The original costs estimate of £1.5m quickly rocketed to more than £2m and that is set to be revised again as the eight-month work draws to an end.

The borough council's head of architectural services, David Frowde, said scaffolding and tarpaulins had started to come down and, despite a two-week delay, the grade-two listed building would be largely unwrapped in time for Christmas.

He said: “This has been the first major repair for several decades and, as far as I am aware, the first time the whole building has been re-roofed.”

However, he warned that the 155-year-old building would always be in need of more maintenance - although stonework on the hall's upper levels had been restored this time there was still a lot at lower levels that would need attention in coming years.

He said: “It is quite a soft stone. Some of the stonework had been patched up on a previous occasion but it is unclear how long those repairs will last.”

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As well as the cost of stonework soaring, structural dry rot in the building was found to be much worse than expected.