A Saltdean pub wants to rip off its striking green glazed roof tiles, saying they are so leaky the pub cannot stay open until they are replaced.
The Spanish Lady in Longridge Avenue, Saltdean has submitted a planning application to replace the whole roof with clay terracotta-coloured roof tiles.
Despite The Spanish Lady undergoing refurbishment recently, leaks have persisted from the main tiled roof over the manager’s flat and inside the trade areas causing extensive damage.
Although the pub is open and trading, it has had to close on several occasions to try and rectify the problems.
A spokesperson from Greene King said: “We have submitted a planning application to replace roof coverings at the Spanish Lady, as the pub is experiencing leaks during heavy down pours.
“The existing tiles have become brittle and unfortunately are no longer in production, so we are unable to replace like for like, and are therefore proposing to replace all of the tiles.
“This substantial and further investment into the pub ensures it is protected for the local community for the future.”
The planning application states: “Following a full investigation by the roofer it has become clear that the green glazed pan tiles are beyond repair and require full replacement.
“The whole of the main green pan tiled roof requires replacing and so as to match the small pitched sections on the lower roof are proposed to be replaced also.
“In order for the business to continue to trade it is imperative that this main roof is replaced as a matter of urgency and we hope you can view this application in a positive manner.”
The seafront pub is not a listed building or in a conservation area, but owners Greene King have submitted a planning application because of the extent of the replacement.
You can find the whole planning application by searching for BH2022/03609 on the council’s planning portal.
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