North Berwick Council Chambers refurbishment confirmed

Council officials have confirmed that repair work on North Berwick Council chambers will take place in September.

The work had been planned for immediately after Easter, but it will now be completed in the fall. The building has been temporarily closed since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The building has a long history, originally housing the Burgh court and jail cells; more recently it has been used for community council meetings and local councilor surgeries.

The alleged lack of maintenance has caused community advisers to worry about the state of the building, with one member describing it as being in a “dreadful state”.

However, following discussions with East Lothian Council, a plan for renovation has been agreed.

A council spokesperson said: “Following discussions and agreement with North Berwick Community Council, a program of works will be carried out in the council chambers in September this year, which avoids the main summer period .

“External scaffolding will be erected to enable the works to be carried out, which will include exterior painting of the masonry and windows, repair and renewal of the gutters and iron downpipes and repair of the chimney pots and the roof. .”

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