Westbourne Arcade roof is broken again following £200k refit

Bournemouth Echo: UNHAPPY: Somer Ozdemir, owner of Ottomania at Westbourne shopping arcade UNHAPPY: Somer Ozdemir, owner of Ottomania at Westbourne shopping arcade

PART of an upmarket Bournemouth shopping arcade was closed off because the glass roof started slipping just after a £200,000 refit.

A small central area of Westbourne Arcade was closed for safety reasons with no through access.

However Bournemouth council has now carried out temporary repair works to the roof so the arcade remains open for business.

Tony Williams, Chief Executive, said: “I would like to thank the co-operation of traders for clearing the arcade to enable officers and equipment to the roof. “I am pleased to report that our teams were able to carry out the temporary works outside of the trading hours and the arcade was fully open in time for business the following morning.

“Maintaining public safety is of paramount importance and we will continue to work closely with traders whilst they find a permanent solution to ensure the arcade can remain open for business.” Originally the traders had clubbed together to pay for the work on the listed structure.

But around eight panels in the central area slipped, partially exposing the sky, and the council was informed to inspect the roof condition.

One trader said: “The roof has been a debacle. Every shop had to pay £12,000 and it was at least £200,000 between us.

“The council had said ‘unless you get the work done we will investigate for health and safety’.

“The glass is slipping already after we had nearly a year of scaffolding in here.”

Somer Ozdemir, 48, from Ottomania, said: “The council is not being fair at all.

“We had to pay £12,000 each because of them. The council didn’t pay anything.”

Peter Trickett, principal building control officer for Bournemouth Council, said: “The council has never issued a formal notice.

“As a private property, the residents and traders are responsible for the cost and organisation of any repairs needed.

“The type of glass and replication of the structure was specified by the council because it is a listed structure.”

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5:26pm Tue 31 Jul 12

BmthNewshound says...

Westbourne Arcade can no longer be described as being "upmarket". Over the past few years its been taken over by shops selling overpriced tat.
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Somer Ozdemir, 48, from Ottomania, said: “The council is not being fair at all. We had to pay £12,000 each because of them. The council didn’t pay anything.”
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I'm delighted to hear that the council hasn't paid anything towards last years repairs. The Arcade is privately owned and it is down to the property owners or leasholders to pay for repairs.
Westbourne Arcade can no longer be described as being "upmarket". Over the past few years its been taken over by shops selling overpriced tat. . Somer Ozdemir, 48, from Ottomania, said: “The council is not being fair at all. We had to pay £12,000 each because of them. The council didn’t pay anything.” . I'm delighted to hear that the council hasn't paid anything towards last years repairs. The Arcade is privately owned and it is down to the property owners or leasholders to pay for repairs. BmthNewshound
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5:51pm Tue 31 Jul 12

Bournefre says...

Judging by the crossed arms and unimpressed expression of the man in the picture it is clear that the council should do something.
Judging by the crossed arms and unimpressed expression of the man in the picture it is clear that the council should do something. Bournefre
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6:24pm Tue 31 Jul 12

Controversial But True says...

Westbourne?

Upmarket?

Up their own arses more like!!
Westbourne? Upmarket? Up their own arses more like!! Controversial But True
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6:59pm Tue 31 Jul 12

raynad says...

A picture of someone with their arms crossed, blimey that's a first for the Echo!
A picture of someone with their arms crossed, blimey that's a first for the Echo! raynad
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9:52pm Tue 31 Jul 12

Richard 1976 says...

What's that shop on Harry Enfield called? I saw you coming! That sums it up
What's that shop on Harry Enfield called? I saw you coming! That sums it up Richard 1976
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10:08pm Tue 31 Jul 12

muscliffman says...

The Council have found just the right contractor to fix this.
Arcade Service Repairs Ltd are expected in Westbourne anytime now apparently and have already been paid by the Borough for the work.
When asked exactly when they might arrive, by the Town Hall, nobody at the New Zealand based firm - known by it's initials as ASR - was available for comment.
The Council have found just the right contractor to fix this. Arcade Service Repairs Ltd are expected in Westbourne anytime now apparently and have already been paid by the Borough for the work. When asked exactly when they might arrive, by the Town Hall, nobody at the New Zealand based firm - known by it's initials as ASR - was available for comment. muscliffman
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10:09pm Tue 31 Jul 12

BIGTONE says...

Eeee baa gum...Let's all have a cuppa char!
Eeee baa gum...Let's all have a cuppa char! BIGTONE
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7:19am Wed 1 Aug 12

Baywolf says...

Upmarket??? Oh please
Upmarket??? Oh please Baywolf
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9:31am Wed 1 Aug 12

BarrHumbug says...

muscliffman wrote:
The Council have found just the right contractor to fix this.
Arcade Service Repairs Ltd are expected in Westbourne anytime now apparently and have already been paid by the Borough for the work.
When asked exactly when they might arrive, by the Town Hall, nobody at the New Zealand based firm - known by it's initials as ASR - was available for comment.
:-D :-D :-D
It looks like justice has been done and the "Reef Committee" have been removed from their posts over the surf reef debacle but have moved on to become "Listed Buildings Over-site Committee"?
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: The Council have found just the right contractor to fix this. Arcade Service Repairs Ltd are expected in Westbourne anytime now apparently and have already been paid by the Borough for the work. When asked exactly when they might arrive, by the Town Hall, nobody at the New Zealand based firm - known by it's initials as ASR - was available for comment.[/p][/quote]:-D :-D :-D It looks like justice has been done and the "Reef Committee" have been removed from their posts over the surf reef debacle but have moved on to become "Listed Buildings Over-site Committee"? BarrHumbug
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11:12am Wed 1 Aug 12

rockstar03 says...

"Upmarket!" Another part of poole/Bournemouth area where people like to gather and buy hugely overpriced homes and think they are middle/upper class. My missus has a friend who owns a flat tucked away behind the shops...her view out the windows is a brick wall, she has no parking and its smaller than our lounge. It sits with the likes of ashley cross and canford cliffs. As for this roof it's right they should pay themselves if its a privately owned arcade. The council won't come and fix my roof when it leaks!
"Upmarket!" Another part of poole/Bournemouth area where people like to gather and buy hugely overpriced homes and think they are middle/upper class. My missus has a friend who owns a flat tucked away behind the shops...her view out the windows is a brick wall, she has no parking and its smaller than our lounge. It sits with the likes of ashley cross and canford cliffs. As for this roof it's right they should pay themselves if its a privately owned arcade. The council won't come and fix my roof when it leaks! rockstar03
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