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Friday, 01 August 2014

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£150,000 to repair storm-damaged roof at Cumbria police HQ

Cumbria police are having to spend £150,000 fixing the roof at the force’s headquarters – after it was damaged in the recent storms.

Plans were already in place for work to be carried out at Carleton Hall, near Penrith, but these are being brought forward after it became one of the victims of torrential rains and winds.

A report states it is likely the roof “could fail” if repairs are not made.

The development is revealed in a report to the executive board of the county’s crime commissioner, Richard Rhodes, which includes police chiefs. Mr Rhodes has rubber-stamped the request, giving the go-ahead for the repairs.

The report puts the case for work to start on “major pitched and flat roof repairs to the main building of police headquarters”.

A budget had been previously agreed but work is now due to start earlier than planned, in March.

The report states the building provides office accommodation for a range of functions and the commissioner has an obligation to maintain the property due to its Grade II* listed building status.

“Over the past three years numerous temporary repairs have been carried out to the roof, but the life of these repairs is limited,” states the report.

“The recent adverse weather has further highlighted the need to undertake more permanent repairs as a matter of urgency as contractors have had to be called out to undertake emergency work on several occasions.

“It is very likely that this roof could fail in the next two years if this work is not carried out.”

The report adds there is a risk of damage to the headquarters if the repairs are not done.

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