Strand shelter fails tin test

PUBLISHED: 13:42 02 November 2013


Designs for a new Strand shelter were rejected because the plans would not do what it says on the tin – namely, give people shelter from the elements.

Earlier this month the Journal revealed that a new ‘dual purpose’ Strand shelter could still be built, and town councillors had considered county proposals in secret.

The designs outlined a covered bus shelter for Rolle Street on one side and on the other a covered area for events in the Strand Gardens.

But town councillors asked county chiefs to go back to the drawing board and now council documents detailing the meeting have revealed that the plans were regarded as being not ‘fit for purpose’.

They state: “[Both] the arts manager and the town managment officer have reported that the canopy for the civic space is 1.5m too short to be used for events such as the Christmas Cracker.

“The town clerk has asked the highways engineer to confirm that the bus shelter would keep people dry.

“No confirmation has been forthcoming.”

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