Makeover hope for Sidmouth newsagent

PUBLISHED: 18:00 10 January 2011

A SIDMOUTH newsagents will get a massive makeover if a planning application is successful.

A SIDMOUTH newsagents will get a massive makeover if a planning application is successful.

Owners of Martins in Fore Street hope to refurbish the premises, re-slate its roof, repair timbers and carry out internal and external repairs.

They say roof repairs to the prominent building are badly needed.

Sidmouth Town Council Planning Committee members last week voiced their support for the proposals.

Plans reveal: “The roof covering is in very poor condition due to delaminating slates and ‘nail sickness’ creating a safety issue should slates fall onto the street below. Water is also penetrating through the roof causing damage.

“Local repairs and full redecorations, internally and externally, will also be carried out to maintain the building integrity.

“Upon completion of works it will much enhance this prominent building.”

The three-floor Grade II listed building sits within a conservation area.

Living accommodation there has been unoccupied since the 1980’s as the only access is through the shop. There will be no change to this in the foreseeable future, blueprints state.

East Devon District Council will consider the town council’s view when it decides the fate of plans.

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