November 2014 Councillor Wazir, The Chair of City Renewal Overview and Scrutiny Committee agreed to allow a decision to go directly from officers directly to the Cities Cabinet members as URGENT. This effectivley skipped the democratic process and prevented the officers new report to be scrutinised by council members especially as Council Officers were now denying any responsibility to their care of duty they had to our Heritage.
During the attempted repairs by Kier (Stoke) Limited in 2013 the presence of a bituminous coating applied to the buildings original slate roof covering by the City Council caused complications to the gutter re-lining process. Due to difficulty in economic salvage and re-use the bitumen contaminated slate needed to be removed and discarded over substantial areas of the affected roofs. Then in October 2013 Kier (Stoke) Limited advised that some areas of timber decay had been revealed during slate removal and that work was to be suspended for a limited period pending a decision by the Council on how matter should progress. Tarpaulin and other temporary coverings were attached by Kier (Stoke) Limited to the otherwise exposed roof. Standing scaffold was retained on hire and at cost along with some items of access plant and equipment.