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Town hall plans hit by delays in drainage headache

The former Seaham Red Star Club. Work to transform it into the new home for Seaham Town Council is behind schedule.

The former Seaham Red Star Club. Work to transform it into the new home for Seaham Town Council is behind schedule.

A TOWN hall development has been hit by delays after its construction team found itself awash with unexpected complications.

Seaham Town Council is revamping the former Red Star Club building to create a new civic centre and community hub, to host celebrations, shows and events.

The £950,000 project was due to be completed next month, but due to conditions caused by water and drainage on the plot, it is now expected to be finished at the end of May, still on budget.

Pumps have been working to clear excess water from the land, which is on the corner of Station Road and Stockton Road, and contractor Koru has put in additional drains around the site to tackle the issue.

Council leader Eddie Bell, who is also a Durham County Councillor, said: “It’s one of these things and the water keeps appearing and unless we put it right, we’re never going to see the end of it.

“We’re never going to find out where it’s coming from and it has caused delays, but the contractor is doing all that can be done.”

Peter Galbraith, KORU’s construction manager, said: “In 25 years I’ve never seen anything like it.

“It’s historically been a problem, but as with most new buildings or modifications, when you start to pull them to bits, you find unseen issues.”

The project is funded by the council as well as about £170,000 from Miller Homes as part of the conditions it signed to build part of East Shore Village housing estate.

County councillors have donated funds to the scheme to cover the cost of a demountable stage which can be used for performances.

 

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