High winds batter Lincolnshire coast

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HIGH winds of up to 70 mph which swept across the Lincolnshire coast have caused havoc, damaging properties across the area.

Mablethorpe’s Library and Community Access Centre in Stanley Avenue, which also houses the town council offices, saw its roof damaged by the wind last week.

The car park at the rear had to be evacuated of cars for fear of flying debris as part of the cladding on the roof was left hanging.

A meeting due to be held in the evening had to be cancelled but the library and community room remained open as usual.

Staff at the site had to use the car park at the nearby doctor’s surgery.

Mablethorpe and Sutton Town Council clerk, Jen Cooper, said: “The cladding above the front wall of the library has peeled away and the car park has been closed for safety as some of the cladding is still loose and if the wind gets up it could cause further damage.”

A spokesman for East Lindsey District Council, who own the building, said contractors would be working on the site today (Wednesday) to begin repair work and the car park could be back open by the end of the day.

At present it is unclear what the cost of the damage is.

Mablethorpe’s weekly Thursday market had to be cancelled by the district council because of the winds, hitting traders in the pockets.

Meanwhile over in Willoughby, near Alford, a stable block was blown across the main road shortly before midnight on Wednesday night.

And there was also a report of a trampoline being swept along the B1200 at Grimoldby, near Louth, and many more similar stories as the winds wreaked havoc across the UK on Wednesday and Thursday.