The Trust had the Cottage surveyed before we exchanged contracts with the owners which included an inspection from a specialist thatcher. In consequence we negotiated down the price of the Cottage from £520k to £495k. Degradation of the roof has continued and in the Spring we commissioned a report from a specialist firm of structural engineers who are expert in historic buildings. The report arrived in April 2016 and in July we received permission from the Principal Conservation Officer of Arun District Council to erect temporary steel supports within this Grade II* listed building. We have obtained a quotation from a local builder in Bognor Regis and the cost for the work and the hire for keeping the steel supports in place for up to a year comes to £4,800 including VAT.
The report from the Structural Engineers can be read here