More repairs are being carried out on a historic town hall after complaints about a “leaking roof.”

Westhoughton Town Hall has long provoked debate, having been out of use for several years before a major £3.5M revamp was announced last year.

But since then, concerns have beeraised about leaks in the roof despite around £900,000 worth of roof repairs having already taken place

Cllr David Wilkinson, of Westhoughton South, said: “The leak that was going through the council chambers wasn’t just a leak, it was a mini waterfall.

“I was told that they’d fixed it and then there was another leak.

The historic town hall is more than a century oldThe historic town hall is more than a century old (Image: Bolton Council)

“Whether or not they’ve fixed it completely, I haven’t had an answer.”

He added: “I do know though that there’s been mould, I’ve had that confirmed in writing and they’ve had to get a dehumidifier in to deal with it.

“The concern we have is about the condition of the building, how can you spend £900,000 and then still have leaks?

“How much more money is going to need being spent on it?”

The Grade II listed terracotta stone building, found on Market Street in the centre of Westhoughton, can trace its history back to 1903.

But in recent years the state of the building has often been a cause of controversy in the town, with a £3.5M refurbishment project signed off by Bolton Council just last year.

The £900,000 roof repairs are believed to have been spent in 2022 after previous concerns were raised about the state of the roof at Westhoughton Town Hall.

More recently further repair work was done after concerns about failing masonry in late 2023.

Masonry is said to have fallen from the roof in October and December last year, leading to works being carried out in March of this year.

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Bolton Council has confirmed that dehumidifiers have been installed and that repair work has already taken place.

A spokesperson said: “The main contract works are due to start at Westhoughton Town Hall later this summer.

“Ahead of this, repair work has already been carried out on the roof and dehumidifiers have been installed.

“This has prevented any further water ingress, and we continue to monitor the situation closely.”