A popular public seating shelter in Cowes has been saved from demolition.
The watch-house shelter, estimated to be more than 100 years old and based near to the RNLI lifeboat station on the Parade, is currently cordoned off after an engineer’s report found it to be unsafe.
The Isle of Wight Council had deemed the price of renovation to be too costly, and because of the limited budget available to undertake work, the council had opted for demolition.
However, Havenstreet firm Trevor Jones Contracting has come forward and offered to repair and refurbish the site at cost price.
The Isle of Wight Council will now project manage the work and provide the funding which had previously been earmarked for demolition. Cowes Town Council have agreed to provide further funding for the renovation as well as accepting future ownership of the shelter.
Commercial activities manager, Trisha Stillman, said:
“I’d like to thank Cowes Town Council and Trevor Jones Contracting for their help in preserving this much-loved shelter for future generations to enjoy. Sometimes we have to make difficult decisions based on available funding but it’s great news that, in this case, there has been a really positive outcome.”
Gowan Ruler, contracts manager at Trevor Jones Contracting, said:
“Being a Cowes boy and having spent a lot of time on the parade in the past, I felt it was a local amenity that needed saving. Fortunately, I have worked in the Construction Industry for many years, meeting and working with some very helpful companies and individuals who have agreed to help as needed at cost or much less, supplying materials and labour.
“Using these relationships and knowledge within the industry, we have been able formulate a plan that will save the shelter within the budgets whilst upgrading its structure in the process.”
Work is planned to take place over the next two months.