Burntisland clock tower repairs continue
Archived news: published on Monday 29 Oct 2012 by Fife Council
The largest of the five bells was removed by crane
Work to dismantle the Burntisland Burgh Chambers clock tower is continuing with the largest of the five bells removed by crane last weekend.
Recently, it was discovered there was extensive damage to the tower and work to remove the affected stone has to be carried out.
The tower will be partially dismantled to just below the clock faces and then a temporary roof will be put in place to weatherproof the tower.
It will then be reconstructed using as much of the original stone as possible.
In addition, the clock mechanism has been removed to keep it safe during the works.
A crane, situated on the south lane of the High Street, is being used to assist in lifting heavier items. Three way traffic control has been put in place to allow traffic to flow. The crane and traffic control are only being used on an occasional basis, so there should be limited disruption to traffic.
Whilst the tower is being dismantled the Burgh Chambers and Local Office will be closed. But locals can access services from the library, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
After dismantling works are completed a temporary roof will be built and then scaffolding removed, while plans are finalised for its reconstruction.
The work is expected to take a number of weeks. Here are some more photos from the project so far: