Following the discovery of a severely corroded beam in part of the Madeira Terraces the council is taking action to protect tenants and the public. The beam, in one of the recently vacated bays of the JAG Gallery, is being shored up but is in such a poor state that piecemeal repairs are no longer able to maintain the structure properly.
The risk to the business closest to the damaged beam is high so the council has taken the tough decision to ask the JAG gallery to move out by 1 September. JAG gallery has already had to move part of its operation to a Portakabin and there is temporary fencing around the remainder of the Madeira Terraces. The council is working with the tenants to see whether relocation is possible.
Councillor Gill Mitchell, chair of the environment committee, said: “Regrettably, because of the fragile state of Terraces in this location, we have no other choice than to ask the people in the JAG gallery to leave for their own safety. We really have reached the end of the line with this part of the structure. Piecemeal repairs are simply not enough any more; we need a radical fix and to secure the Terraces' and the seafront's long-term future.”