May 23 2013 Latest news:
By Nick Gill
Monday, April 30, 2012
FOUR clock faces on a historic town building are all showing different times - more than a year after previously being reported.
Letchworth Town Hall’s four clocks each display the wrong time, as two photos taken last week at 11.45am and 11.46am show.
Letchworth GC resident Barrie Woods sent in photos of the building, which has been unoccupied since 2007, 15 months after Patsy Hudson first raised the problem with the Comet.
North Herts District Council owns Letchworth Town Hall and said the clocks were corrected in March to coincide with British Summer Time.
“For months if not years I have gazed at the clocks as I pass our slowly deteriorating Letchworth Garden City town hall building and not once do I recall any of the faces recording the same time!” said Mr Woods, who lives in Eastern Way.
“What a wonderful advert for visitors to the town. We are all familiar with the four seasons but the four times?
“If it wasn’t so sad it would be laughable that the council cannot be bothered to set all the clocks to the correct time.”
Responding, Andy Cavanagh, the district council’s head of finance, performance and asset management, said: “The clocks were last corrected in March when British Summer Time began, however as the clock is very old, some mechanical problems combined with external factors such as changes in temperature can result in the clock showing the incorrect time.
“As the building is not currently occupied, the council’s primary responsibility is to keep the building weather tight only, however if new tenants are found for the building it will be a condition of their lease to manage the clock.”
It’s a similar case in neighbouring Hitchin, with the clock in the Market Place also showing different times on its four different faces.
Our Comet snapper took a photo at 2pm of the clock, with three of the faces showing it to be 2.04pm and the fourth 1.55pm.