The quality of a £650,000 council redevelopment project in Lyme Regis has been called into question after a smashed panel dropped broken glass onto a family visiting the amusement arcade below.
The panel was part of a glass balustrade installed around the flat roof above Lyme Regis Amusement Arcade on Marine Parade, which was shattered by a stone flung from council lawnmowers in nearby Langmoor Gardens.
“The issue was referred to the architect who designed and managed the project for the council and, following discussions with the installer, he has confirmed the correct glass panel was installed,” town clerk John Wright told Lyme Online.
“The chances of the glass panel breaking in this way are small, as is the chance of a repeat occurrence.”
The incident occurred in early October, with glass from the broken panel falling on a couple and their toddler outside the arcade, however no injuries were sustained. Despite the council insistence that no repeat occurrence could happen, local resident Nigel Ball took the opportunity of the public forum during a virtual council meeting on 21 October to state that he was “very disappointed” with the works, adding “it needs to be looked at and rectified.”