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Repair work starts on Kingsand's battered clock tower

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 24, 2014

  • UNDER WAY: Work on the clock tower at Kingsand. : Andy Campfield

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WORK has begun to save the iconic Kingsand clock tower after it suffered more damage during the Valentine's Day storm.

Fears had already been voiced about the survival of the iconic clock tower which was "condemned" by structural engineers after previous storms lashed the building in January.

On Friday the Grade 2 listed building, which is next to the Institute, was battered by the Valentine's Day storm.

The ferocious storm took out a huge section of the west side of the tower, and prompted renewed fears the building could collapse.

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Rame parish councillor David Mutch said: "February 14 was the second storm and was as bad if not worse than week before."

However, builders have commenced work and begun to spray it with the concrete to protect the historic landmark.

Trustees of the institute say they still don't know what the bill will be to complete all the repairs. They said the work on Sunday has prompted a swell of people and the police had to be drafted in a bid to protect the public's safety.

Ann Carne, the secretary of the board of trustees for the clock tower Institute, said: "It was a horrendously huge hole. The builders have been out in all weathers to keep it standing."

Mrs Carne added: "We'd ask people to please stay away. The building is still in a very dangerous position hence why the beach is still closed."

The committee is also concerned about the dangers of the concrete spray to the public.

Sheryll Murray, MP for South East Cornwall, said : "One thing that is very clear is that a lot of properties have suffered further damage.

"While there is emphasis on the clock tower because of its historical connection in the community, it is important to remember family homes that have also been affected.

"I know that the community spirit is very strong, I just can't praise the local community enough."

Tory Prime Minister David Cameron witnessed the flood damage to village of Kingsand, during his flying visit of the South West last Monday.

The Premier was shown how the storm had lashed waterfront properties and clock tower by the ferocious storms.

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