Leaky roof will be fixed, council pledges

Banbury town councillor Mark Cherry pictured inside the Bradley Arcade Londis shop which has been affected by a flooding roof. NNL-150824-163359001
Banbury town councillor Mark Cherry pictured inside the Bradley Arcade Londis shop which has been affected by a flooding roof. NNL-150824-163359001

A supermarket on Banbury’s Bretch Hill estate may be able to put away the buckets during wet weather this winter.

Londis store in the Bradley Arcade has suffered leaks every time there is heavy rain because of problems with the roofing above.

The building is owned by Cherwell District Council but the apartments above the shops are administered by a housing association and there has been difficulty organising a schedule of work to avoid leaving residents homeless.

Cherwell district councillor for the area, Cllr Mark Cherry, said: “The roof leaks at the Londis shop have been going on since I became a district councillor for Ruscote back in September 2013.

“I and my fellow Labour councillors found it intolerable with a new post office situated at the shop that these leaks have continued, although Cherwell District Council has done temporary repairs.”

Mr Cherry said the council had set aside £100,000 for the work .

Council spokeman Jemma Callow said: “Cherwell District Council is aware of the ongoing leaks occurring within Bradley Arcade and have been working with building specialists and commercial tenants, Sanctuary Housing, for some months now.

“The project is a complex one with multiple properties and tenancies to include interested parties.

“Responsibility for maintaining the roof falls to both Cherwell and Sanctuary. All essential repairs will be incorporated in the works although it is too soon to confirm whether this will involve replacing the entire roof or concentrating on damaged areas. All decisions will be subject to a leak test reports and specifications which will justify our findings and recommendations. Only once the relevant consultations have been completed and these tests undertaken can we decide upon the preferred course of action and progress with the tender for works.”

Cherwell has confirmed the tender has now been awarded for the work and it is due to start later this year.