Committee considered the report of the Leisure Manager which
provided information on a roof defect in the Cuddle Corner building
at the Kent Life visitor attraction.
Leisure Manager highlighted to the Committee the photographs of the
building which were included in the report and exposed the hole in
the roof. The defect had been discovered when the contractor,
Planning Solutions, was assessing the suitability of the building
for conversion to a party room.
Previously the barn had been used as a store room so was not
Committee was advised that a full survey would be difficult to
complete due to the uncertainty of the damage sustained as there
was a risk that it would be unsafe for a person inspecting the
damage from the roof top.
It was not known at this stage if the tree abutting the building
had caused the damage.
response to questions from Members, the Leisure Manager advised
·One quotation had been received initially but due to
the fact that it was over the threshold of £10,000, two other
quotations had to be obtained and were still awaited.
·As the building had been used infrequently, the
defect had gone unnoticed. However, there were plans in place for
the contractor to undertake monthly checks of the buildings and the
Council would undertake their own checks on a six monthly
·If an insurance claim was made there would be a
£10,000 excess. However, an
enquiry would be made to the Insurance Officer.
·The Council had some spare peg tiles so they could
be used to replace those lost on the roof and the tree would be
Councillor Mrs Gooch asked for her concerns to be noted that
regular checks had not been made.
Committee felt that the tree should be removed so it would not
sustain any further damage to the barn.
They also considered that the full extent of the damage had not
been realised and the potential cost of the repairs could be in
excess of £15,000 so the threshold should be increased to
1.Delegated authority be
given to the Head of Regeneration and Economic Development, in
consultation with the Chairman of Cobtree Manor Estate Charity Committee, to agree
the final expenditure on the repair works to the roof up to