Exeter entertainment venue’s leaky roof set to cost taxpayers £250,000

Council chiefs are set to decide on whether to spend £250,000 replacing the roof at an entertainment venue in the centre of Exeter. 

The six-figure sum could be splashed on the Exeter Corn Exchange after a survey highlighted areas of damage and decline atop the building in Market Street.

In a report to the city council’s executive, director David Bartram recommends members give the scheme the go-ahead.

He adds: “Undertaking this roof covering replacement will mitigate the current leaks and enable continued use of this part of the facility for future years.

“If water ingress is allowed to persist, parts of the building may become unusable which would restrict the Council’s ability to hold events.

“The risks of not proceeding are potential for the roof leaks to increase, further deterioration of the asset, events having to be cancelled and loss of income.”

Exeter City Council’s executive will consider the matter next Tuesday. Its decision will then go to the full council on April 21.

It is proposed £250,000 of estimated funding is required to replace one of the main, flat roofs at the venue.

Exeter Corn Exchange was shut for three months on March 17 following government advice over the coronavirus crisis.

Bosses said at the time: “We are working hard on postponing shows rather than cancelling them so please bear with us, if you have tickets for any of our events during this period we will be in touch as soon as we are able.”

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