Friday, 27 July 2007

Destruction of Tenbury Wells Toilets

I see that a R C Martin has commented on my story in the Shropshire Star, I guess it must be Mr Mayor.

R C Martin said: Jul 26th, 2007 at 5:44 pm
These gentlemen come rather late to the party and bringing all their expertise into play they want to tell the world how they could save the toilets. Truth is, much consultation was undertaken with engineers, a lifting Company, environmental services and safety services. Those present included people with a determination to save the toilets. The situation was discussed and surveyed for several hours. In view of the perilous position of the building, propped up as it was on a single pillar of brick,it was imperative that a swift decision be reached before the building collapsed into the Kyre Brook causing a dam and yet another flood. A unanimous decision was reached. Chances of successfully lifting the building were very low. The risk of a slippage, a break up of the base, and/ or injury was quite high. The building next door, trading as Femina, was in peril from any sudden crash.We were forced to take a decision that nobody really wanted. The building, weighing about 40 tonnes, was not too heavy to lift. The problem was that the expert testimoney of the lifting Company was that they could not insert the neccessary steels under it due to the collapsed base. These are the facts to set against the wild speculation. There was no public protest at the scene, just one gentleman who would not listen to the history of how we reached a decision. A straw poll indicated that, regretfully, we did what we had to do in the given circumstances. I’m afraid the carping critics fulfill the axiom “never let the facts get in the way of a good story”.

Funny that's not what I thought I heard him say on BBC Hereford & Worcester News?
perhaps he doen't want the facts to get in the way of a good excuse.

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