Vandal damage less than first feared at Newton Abbot's Passmore Edwards Centre
By PGStrange | Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 16:16
THERE'S GOOD news for the Passmore Edwards Centre in Newton Abbot, where the extent of the damage caused recently by vandals is less than first feared…
Newton Abbot's Passmore Edwards Centre was closed earlier this month due to vandal damage. The damage is less than first feared and the multi-service community centre is gradually gettting back to normal
Devon County Council received the update from their building surveyors and contractors, who have been busy assessing the damage over the past couple of weeks.
The new £2.8m multi-service centre – which has only been open since June and offers adult learning courses, a modern library, café, computers and free wi-fi – was closed earlier this month after it was flooded when someone deliberately blocked two sinks in one of the public toilets on the first floor.
Tests have shown that the reception and first-floor areas affected by the flooding have completely dried and work is underway to determine what repairs will need to be carried out.
Part of the reception area floor has sunk and will need to be lifted, but the contractor is confident that due to the team's fast action to mop up the flood water, and the fans bought in to dry things as quickly as possible, the floor has not suffered any long-term damage.
Further investigation is still needed above the ceiling in the reception area to ascertain any damage caused.
Back up and running
The Centre says it's looking to reinstate the power and are hoping to get the main reception back up and running next week. Meanwhile, the building remains accessible via the side door and local residents are asked to continue to use the temporary reception set up next to the children's library
Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Communities, said:"We are working hard to get the Centre fully back and running as soon as possible. but there may be some further disruption while repair works are underway.
"Everyone has been very supportive, and we thank residents for their patience and understanding.
"We will continue to keep everyone informed of developments as necessary, and ensure people have the best possible access to services in the coming weeks."