Saturday, 13 December 2008
Time stands still at Wallace Tower as repairs go forward
THE clock in the Wallace Tower in Ayr will temporarily stop working, due to the staircase leading to it being in need of urgent building work.
South Ayrshire Council’s Wallace Tower in Ayr High Street is a well known landmark. One of the great features of the building is the clock situated in the tower, which local people and visitors to the area regularly view to keep an eye on the time.
Following a survey report that has been carried out on the tower, the Council have been informed that the stairs leading up to the clock can no longer be used. The staircase requires building work to be carried out to bring it up to modern Health and Safety standards, and using it poses an unacceptable risk to Council staff..
On being informed of the results of the report Councillor Hugh Hunter, the Leader of the Council said: “A lot of people may not be aware, but the clock in the tower requires to be wound up manually every week. As the staircase leading to the clock mechanism cannot be used, the clock will wind down and stop working.
“Likewise access to put up or change a flag at the Wallace Tower is by using the staircase, so we will not be able to replace the flag in the meantime.
“Whilst it is disappointing that the clock will soon stop working, and that the flag cannot be changed, as the dangers of the staircase have now been brought to our attention it cannot be used.
“The safety of Council employees and others who carry out work at the tower is of paramount importance. One person injured would be one person too many.
“I am informing the public of this situation straight away so that they are aware of what is happening. As soon as there is any further news about the Wallace Tower clock, I will let the people of South Ayrshire know.”
Officers are currently looking into the situation with the tower staircase. In due course a report will be compiled and submitted to the relevant Council Panel for their consideration.
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