Guildhall Repairs Force Dorset Street To Close

A street in Dorset has been closed off to drivers to allow workmen to carry out repairs on the Guildhall building.

The Grade-II listed building will be amended by Lyme Regis Town Council, together with Dorset Council, after its oriel window has been struck up to eight times in the last two years.

A spokesperson for Dorset Council said the building, which overhangs the A3052 Church Street / Bridge Street is “in desperate need of repair”.

The stretch between Monmouth Road and Cobb Gate Car Park will need to be closed due to how narrow it is, and it is expected to remain shut until February 18th.

Subsequently, the local authorities will replace traffic lights while the street is out of bounds to reduce disruption to the public.

Councillor Ray Bryan, portfolio holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, told the newspaper: “Working together under one road closure for the two projects will minimise the considerable inconvenience for residents, and we’ve also carefully considered the timing of these works – with traffic flows typically at their lowest at the start of the year.”

Entry to vehicles will be prohibited, and access to pedestrians will be limited to the northern pavement only. There will also be restricted access from Cobb Gate Car Park via the steps for buildings on the southern side of the street.

The Guildhall building was first constructed on 1357 before being rebuilt in 1887, while incorporating original fittings into the new structure. It has been listed since 1952, thereby potentially making it difficult to implement changes to the building.

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