Store bosses ordered to fix leaking roof over shop

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HEALTH and safety officials have ordered shop owners to repair their roof after water leaked on to a shop floor.

The Range superstore, in Gosport’s Brockhurst Industrial Estate, has been served with a health and safety improvement notice by Gosport Borough Council.

The council’s environmental health team stepped in after receiving complaints about leaks in the roof over the shop’s warehouse and customer exit.

‘They are leaks that have gone to the shop floor,’ said Andrew Hewson, health and safety manager at The Range.

‘We are carrying out the works as requested. The council is happy with what we are doing.’

The store was originally told to have the roof repaired by January 7.

But bad weather meant the work has been delayed.

The council has now given the store’s owners until March 31 to stop the leaks.

The owners have hired a contractor to carry out the repairs.

David Jago, the council’s environmental services manager, said: ‘Two health and safety notices were served regarding the leaks to the roof in the warehouse and customer exit area.

‘These notices were due to expire on January 7.

‘Due to the inclement weather preventing access to the roof and availability of contractors the notices were extended to expire on March 31.

‘The Range has fully co-operated with Environmental Health and has kept them fully informed as to progress.’