St Ives Town Council has confirmed that the team working to make the Old Lifeboat Building safe are due to finish very soon.

The building photographed on 17th December

While the work has been carried out, road closures have been in place, similar to summer restrictions, from 11am to 4pm daily.

A council spokesperson said: “We want to thank the team manning the road closure and keeping Fore Street safe. And we would also like to thank everyone who is trying to work around the 11am to 4pm restrictions. It is an unfortunate and unforeseen situation that is trying to be resolved as quickly as possible.”

The interior of the Old LIfeboat House, operating as a seafood restuarant, was destoyed by fire on Friday, 4th December. The blaze spread into the neighbouring Salvation Army premises and destoyed gifts which had been collected for distribution to local children in need this Christmas.

The Salvation Army immediately set up a new appeal for Christmas gifts and has been inundated with goods at the Guildhall over the past two weeks.

Appeal co-ordinator Heather Britton (right) and St Ives in December chair Belinda Hanks at St Ives Farmers’ Market with just some of the many gifts which have been donated.