Insurance policy agreed on Chipping Sodbury's clock tower
A CHIPPING Sodbury landmark which had faced imminent closure because of questions over its ownership has been saved, the Gazette can reveal.
The clock tower building, which is home to the town’s tourist information centre, only public toilets and a bus shelter, was under threat after it emerged no insurer would issue a policy for public liability.
Last month we reported how Sodbury town councillors were working desperately with South Gloucestershire councillors to find a solution and keep the facilities open.
Now, the town council has confirmed that the two parties have come to an agreement.
Clerk Cate Davidson said: “South Gloucestershire Council and Sodbury Town Council’s insurance companies have spoken to each other and I can confirm that appropriate insurance is in place.”
The clock tower itself, built as a memorial to Lt Col Blathwayt of Dyrham Park, is owned by Chipping Sodbury Town Trust.
However, the rightful owner of the rest of the building was thrown into doubt when the town council, which operates the toilets and jointly funds the information centre, had an application to take ownership of the building rejected.
The Duke of Beaufort is believed to have laid some claim over the clock tower building along with the pitchings on High Street and Broad Street. But South Gloucestershire Council, which has historically insured the building, is thought to own it having inherited it from Avon District Council, which in turn was passed ownership from Sodbury Rural District Council.
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