Torbay council 'should pay for Brixham town hall repairs'
THE cost of all repairs and fire safety work on Brixham Town Hall will be billed to Torbay Council.
Brixham Town Council voted to claw as much cash as possible back from the larger authority.
Councillors opposed to the transfer of the town hall to the smaller council said a bad deal would become an even worse one if the costs for repairs were not met by Torbay. Cllr Ray Gardner (pictured) told a full town council meeting a fire risk assessment had been carried out in 2007 by Torbay Council but had not been acted on.
He said: "If Torbay Council have not acted on this report, which endangers the lives of town all users, then it is truly disgusting. They should be coughing up some money for any cost we incur for repairs and to comply with the fire risk assessment."
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Chairman Brian Harland said there was no way Torbay would ever take the town hall back. He said: "If it wasn't for the town hall Brixham Does Care and the food bank would have nowhere to go."
Cllr Chris Lomas defended the idea of getting more cash out of Torbay for what, he claims, many in the port see as a bad deal which will end up costing Brixham residents a lot more than claimed.
He said: "We were crazy to take this on without any viable financial assurances.
"Now we're left to soldier on and make the best we can.
"All costs we have been saddled on with should be paid by Torbay Council.
"We were sold a duff by Torbay Council, they should make good and pay us back."
Only seven of the 12 councillors attended the meeting. They voted unanimously to ask the bigger authority to pay for all forthcoming repairs.