The Bearsted Library in Kent was closed temporarily in April last year to undergo renovation work due to an issue with dry rot, but Kent Online has revealed that the county council was made aware of the presence of the fungus in December 2016 and waited three months before closing the library.
According to the news provider, which shared the findings of the original structural condition survey, dry rot was identified in the adjoining school master’s house and that this had spread to the floor of the public library.
The flooring in the school master’s house was so badly affected that it collapsed, the newspaper revealed.
In the report, the surveyor noted: “Heavy bookcases are positioned around the perimeter of the rooms where the joist ends would be most prone to dry rot.”
However, a spokesperson for Kent County Council told the news provider that although the dry rot was identified, there was no immediate danger to public safety and immediate closure of the library was not recommended.
“The property was closed as soon as practical, minimising the period of use to ensure service continuity with minimal actual risk,” he added.
Dry rot can cause serious damage to properties if left untreated and if you live in an older home it is always sensible to check for any signs of the fungus at regular intervals.
The Northern Echo recently highlighted the plight of the High House Methodist Chapel, which is at risk due to dry rot. This is the oldest methodist church in the world and the church is looking for funds to cover the cost of repairs and restoration of the historic building.
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