Essential repair work to the glass roof of Green Park Station is still being hindered by ‘contractual issues’ it seems. This was revealed after a meeting between lead Council and Sainsbury’s representatives to discuss when it can start.
The supermarket giant leases the site from B&NES and is responsible for the maintenance of the structure.
The repairs are essential to allowing the Bath Farmers’ Market to return to its usual home. A key issue is the integrity of the glazed roof, which was deemed to be unsafe following a routine inspection. The Council says it’s continuing to support Green Park Station traders as much as possible and is providing parking at Green Park car park.
Councillor Kevin Guy, Leader of B&NES Council, commented:
“The meeting was extremely productive and open, but unfortunately I was disappointed to hear that some contractual issues are still to be resolved. However, it was pleasing to hear how hard Sainsbury’s are working to solve the structural issues. The Council has offered to step in to improve communications between all parties.
“The importance of supporting tenants and the historic Bath Farmers’ Market through this period of essential maintenance is key. This is an amazing heritage asset and Sainsbury’s are providing the Council with a detailed works program moving forward and have promised to improve their communications with all parties.”
Wera Hobhouse, MP for Bath, commented:
“The Green Park Station traders and the Bath Farmers’ Market have many loyal customers and are integral elements of our city. The pandemic and disruption caused by the Green Park Station roof repairs have caused these valued independent local businesses to suffer. My council colleagues and I want to do everything we can to fight their corner. I am very grateful to Cllrs Kevin Guy and Richard Samuel for persisting on their behalf with Sainsbury’s.”