Update for the 22nd March

We are still very much in the early stages of works. Basically, we are getting the building to breathe again. We are also dealing with problematic areas such as leaks, dry and wet rot, blocked gutters, broken down pipes and so on. There is a lot to do.

Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t on our side last weekend and the roofers didn’t get up on the scaffolding. However, they are planning to start next week all things going well.

Inside the structural engineer has been working with the team. They have been discussing how to remove the pillars in the centre of the bar to create a bigger open plan area. The solution will need steel beams to be inserted. The final plans will need Planning Department approval.

With aid of the scaffolding, the team have been removing the plants and vegetation that has accumulated on the roof and the walls over the years.

They have also had a chance to inspect the chimneys. As you can see, it’s bad news. They are leaning over and need immediate attention. Currently, the plan is to significantly shorten them to make them safe. Once done, we can then take stock and make a plan going forward.

AT A LOOSE END DURING THE WEEK?

Are you bored during the week? Had enough of daytime TV? Thought that you want to make a real difference in the world? Or simply want to hide from your partner or family? Well the answer is here!! Come and volunteer down at The Swan during the week. We need you whether you are skilled bricklayer, or carpenter, or can be a general labourer for the day. We also need people to take stuff the dump too.

Interested? Then come on down!

Please wear old clothing, gloves and secure footwear. High viz vests, hard hats, masks and the likes will be available. Before starting there will be a little light reading to do and also a safety briefing too. We will also need your signature as part of the legal stuff.

Your time and help would be appreciated.