Work on St Peters Church wall in Thetford town centre delayed by insurers, say town council

Damage to the wall of St Peter's Church, Thetford, after a lorry reversed into it.

Damage to the wall of St Peter's Church, Thetford, after a lorry reversed into it. - Credit: Archant

Work on a historic church wall which was damaged by a reversing lorry more than 18 months ago will be done 'as soon as possible' after a series of delays, a council has said.

The wall at St Peter's Church, on the corner of King Street and White Hart Street in Thetford, was damaged on November 12, 2013, after a lorry delivering to Savers reversed into it.

Wooden fencing was subsequently erected to protect the area, which meant the closure of a footpath. The closure has seen pedestrians often walking in the road to reach the town centre - a situation made worse by recent roadworks in Bridge Street.

Thetford Town Council, which owns the wall, said repair work had been delayed due to issues caused by third party insurers.

A statement said: 'Thetford Town Council has had to organise the wall's repair, and what initially looked to be a simple repair turned out to be a lengthy and time consuming process involving structural engineers, traffic management companies, Ministry of Justice, Listed Buildings Officer and flint wall specialists, all of which were placed into the hands of a chartered surveyor who is project managing the repair.

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'The council is aware that the safety fencing necessarily erected around the damaged wall has meant the loss of a path causing inconvenience to the Public.

'This fencing has remained longer than hoped due to delays caused by the third party insurers.

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'The Town Council have and will continue to vigorously hasten all involved to ensure the repair is made as soon as possible and the path is reopened to the public.'

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