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Tories slate Hyndburn Council's £115k repair bill
HYNDBURN Council has been criticised for spending more than £115,000 on work at its headquarters.
Scaffolding was erected and Scaitcliffe House’s exterior re-rendered by Accrington firm Ross Lee Construction.
Rendering is the application of sand and cement to brick and is used to improve the appearance and weather resistance of exterior walls.
Four payments were made totalling £116,534 between March and July with the work completed recently.
The council’s Tory opposition leader Peter Britcliffe said: “They would have been better investing that money into the town centre than their own building. The town centre is crying out for a lick of paint.
“When we were in power we never did it because we did not think it was a good use of taxpayers’ money. Nobody was at risk and neither was the building.”
Baxenden councillor Terry Hurn said he had never noticed any problems with the building.
He said: “The council could have held back. I’m surprised they’ve spent £115,000 because it’s a lot of money.
“I agree with Peter that something needs to be done in the town centre.
“It’s the heart of the town and should be the priority. It’s desperate for something for be done there.”
Leader of the council Miles Parkinson said: “We had complaints from landlords about the effect Scaitcliffe House was having on the area.
“We would expect the rendering to last two decades before it has to be re-done.
“We have to maintain public buildings or we would get damp, mould and spores in the buildings and staff wouldn’t be able to work in there.”
Mr Parkinson said more than £2million is due to be spent on the town centre with a further £2million already spent on the market hall.
He added: “One minute Peter is saying the town needs a lick of paint and then when we do something he doesn’t like it.”
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