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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 July 2006, 09:17 GMT 10:17 UK
Dismay at holiday season scaffold
Scaffolding on Town church
A year of work is being carried out on the Town Church
Guernsey environment bosses say they are doing all they can to have as little scaffolding up in St Peter Port during the visitor season as possible.

Residents in the town have expressed dismay at the amount of scaffolding in town during the summer season.

Several prominent buildings in St Peter Port, including the Town Church, are still currently being worked on.

Deputy Chris Brock of the Environment Department said it was sometimes a situation that had to be accepted.

Deputy Brock said: "The general policy is that between 1 May and 30 September it's time to minimise as far as possible scaffolding in the main areas of town.

"It is obviously a concern at this time of the year, and we do our level best to ensure it is minimised. But if there is any long-term work, such as on the Town Church, that's a difficulty we have to accept."

Meanwhile, an archaeological survey of Guernsey's Town Church roof timbers has taken place as part of its restoration.

The survey is part of a year of work on the building's roof and spire.

Structural engineers are examining oak beams in the church, some of which date back to the 13th Century, to inspect them for damage and to see how many need reinforced with steel where necessary.


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