Town hall work cost £60k

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Restoration work on Sudbury Town Hall costing £60,000 has been completed seven months after scaffolding went up.

The building on Market Hill has been covered by plastic sheeting and metal barriers while repairs to crumbling masonry and a complete repaint have taken place.

The damage was caused by water getting into cracks over the years and freezing, causing some of the building to disintegrate from the inside out and was originally estimated at costing £25,000.

Town clerk Sue Brotherwood said: “We are delighted with the finished result and this beautiful building is once again the majestic landmark it deserves to be.”

She explained the £60,000 bill included scaffolding, removing all loose and old masonry, a specially-made replacement cornice, professional fees, painting, a new flag pole, safety stairway and planning fees.

Mrs Brotherwood said: “Due to the risks to the public from the falling masonry and in order to preserve the building for many years to come, we had no choice but to carry out this work.”

She thanked nearby businesses in Gaol Lane and Market Hill for their co-operation and support while the work was carried out.