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The Town Council have chased English Heritage for an update on the repairs to Chichele College wall due to the length of time the traffic lights have been in place on College Street. The Council is now able to share the following response from English Heritage.

"I am writing to you in connection with English Heritage's ongoing conservation of Chichele College. As are aware, as a result of a significant stone fall from the inner side of a historic perimeter wall at the college earlier in the year, traffic has been reduced to a single lane in College Street, beside the college and I wanted to start with an apology to local residents for this disruption.

My colleagues and I do understand the impact of this on the town and we have been grateful for everyone's understanding and patience during this time, while we work to rectify the issue at hand. We wanted to reach out to give a bit more information, and reassurance that our dedicated team are doing everything they can to enable the road outside Chichele College to open as soon as possible.

Chichele College is around 600 years old, and is a protected historic building, so repairing the wall is a complex process and our experts have been carrying out detailed investigations with specialists throughout the spring and summer to determine the methods and materials used in the original construction of the wall and the best way to repair it. Undertaking this work during some of the tightest of lockdown restrictions, adjusting to the limitations these placed on us as a charity, and the resulting significantly reduced resources has also been an additional challenge.

Our experts are currently finessing the design of the repair following the findings, which once complete will need scheduled monument consent, a process which takes up to eight weeks. Once this is in place, we hope to start works as soon as possible, but, as this work is dependent on the weather, we are not yet in a position to confirm exactly when it will be completed.

We are aware that local residents are keen for the work to be completed as soon as possible, and I will be in contact again as soon as I have a clearer idea of timescale. Our expert team are working as hard as they can to finalise the complex design work in order to start repairs as soon as possible and ensure the continued longevity of this important and significant structure for future generations to enjoy. "

Posted: Thu, 05 Aug 2021 15:38 by Sandra Mitcham

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