Mindless acts of vandalism have led to security being tightened at the historic Glossop Halls currently undergoing a £7 million transformation project.
Intruders smashed a glass lantern roof causing damage to the lighting and ventilation system; destroyed glass in new roof glazing; damaged glass and window frames; and smashed several panes of glass in the dome light due to be re-installed as part of the works.
Now alongside enhanced security measures at the High Peak Borough Council buildings, the front doors at the Town Hall and the Market Hall will be boarded up.
Some of the damage caused
Councillor Damien Greenhalgh, Deputy Leader and Executive Councillor for Regeneration, Tourism and Leisure, said: “It’s extremely frustrating and disappointing that we are having to deal with such mindless behaviour at a time when we are investing millions of pounds in redeveloping these heritage buildings for the benefit of everyone in Glossop and the wider area.
“There is absolutely no excuse for such anti-social behaviour, and I strongly appeal to those involved to reflect on the consequences of their actions.
“We will need to put right the damage caused, including to unique social heritage items, and have tightened the security of the site still further – all of which comes at a cost.”
Councillor Damien Greenhalgh, with the town hall in the background
Cllr Greenhalgh added: “The transformative project we’re delivering at these buildings will be the catalyst for the continued rejuvenation of the town centre and it is just incredibly sad that a tiny minority of idiots would seek to spoil this through reckless irresponsibility.
“These incidents will not stop us delivering what we know the vast majority of people want – the restoration of these important civic buildings for everyone to enjoy – and we will continue to focus on doing that.”
The work currently under way will bring the Town Hall, Market Hall and Municipal Buildings up to modern standards - creating jobs and new spaces for community use, entrepreneurs, and micro-businesses alongside the introduction of energy saving technologies and fibre broadband.
Progress made so far has included the strip-out of the market hall and the installation of a large, central glazed sky light, replacement of the flat roof at the Municipal Buildings and the creation of two new glazed roof lanterns and the re-slating of all roofs.