At the end of November, the St Marks Community Centre underwent a ‘quinquennial survey’ – that is an inspection of the building fabric that is scheduled to happen every five years. This survey identified that the building was generally in good shape, but that some of the decorative stone ‘pinnacles’ on the roof had deteriorated and showed signs of cracking. The trustees moved quickly to obtain quotes from stonemasons to undertake the necessary repair works, and in the course of these further specialist inspections, additional problems with some of the pinnacles on the south side of the building were identified. This led us to alert the Council to the potential risk, whilst the Centre proceeds with appointing a suitably qualified stonemason to undertake removal/necessary repairs. As a precaution, the Council have chosen to close the pavement immediately below the south façade, together with the adjacent parking bays. The centre aims to get the works done as quickly as possible, although this may necessitate listed buildings approval and the erection of a scaffold along the pavement in order to safely undertake the works.
Disabled Parking Bay St Mark’s Road
There is an advisory disabled bay situated at the very end of the suspended permit bays in St Marks Rd almost in the turning circle. This is used by a resident of no. 25 who is unable to walk more than 10 metres and is in possession of a blue badge.
After discussing with Building Control, the location of this bay is such that it is safe to allow vehicles to park here. To ensure that this remaining advisory disabled bay is available for this resident so that they can continue to remain mobile during this suspension the suspension signage will be modified to allow for this residents vehicle only to park in this location.
From Andrew Dunn
Team Manager – Parking Services
Bath & North East Somerset Council