Council to spend thousands on replacing Hatfield Arcade glass

The glass roof panel in The Arcade in Hatfield Town centre will be replaced. Picture: Danny Loo

The glass roof panel in The Arcade in Hatfield Town centre will be replaced. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2017

The council has revealed it will be spending nearly £4,000 to replace a glass panel that fell and smashed in The Arcade in Hatfield, narrowly missing a little girl.

A spokeswoman from for the borough council has told the Welwyn Hatfield Times that the council is aiming for the glass to be installed within three weeks.

The work to install the glass and the cost of the glass itself will cost £3,807, which will be funded from the council’s responsive maintenance budget.

On Monday, August 28, the five-year-old daughter of Susan Whitsey was nearly hit when a panel of glass fell from The Arcade.

The following day, traders were told to leave their premises while the borough council inspected whether it was safe or not to reopen the Arcade to the public.

The walk way which is home to a number of stores was reopened on Wednesday, August 30, after the company that installed the canopy, Street Structures, and building control deemed the glass roof safe.

The full cost of the project to install the canopy was £212,761.75, and this is part of the council’s multi-million pound investment in the town centre.

A spokesman for Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council said: “Street Structures have extensive experience of installing similar structures for a wide range of clients throughout the UK, including major supermarkets, hotel chains, construction companies, developers, schools and other local authorities.

“Their assessment, in conjunction with our own investigation and that of building control, means we are satisfied that the Arcade represents no greater risk to public safety than any other similar construction.

“We are speaking to retailers on a case by case basis to determine what impact the closure of The Arcade had on their trade.”

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