A KEY part of Scarborough’s Town Hall will remain closed due to major repair work.
The Council Chamber at the St Nicholas Street building was shut as investigations took place on the state of the stonework.
However, the assessment revealed part of the stone had deteriorated to sand after years of being battered by the weather.
A report from Cllr Bill Chatt said: “The scaffolding inside and outside the Council Chamber has allowed a close detailed inspection to be carried out.
“Unfortunately this has revealed that the situation is worse than anticipated.
“The interior of the stonework where repairs were carried out in the 1950s has accelerated the deterioration of the stone and in many places the only material remaining is the thin skin of repair material with the stone behind turned to sand by the action of the weather.
“A specialist repair company has been engaged to replace the worst affected pieces.
“It is believed that the works will take three to four months to complete but the Chamber will be able to be back in use before this.”