We now have a way ahead for the Timeball mast repair. Scaffolding has just been erected at the front of the Timeball Tower up to the top platform. The operating mechanism and ball is scheduled to be removed in the next few days.
It is planned to crane out the mast on Wednesday 16th December, after which it can be examined more closely to assess whether a repair or replacement is the correct choice. We anticipate that the mast and ball assembly will be replaced in Spring 2021.
Regretfully we have to confirm that 2020’s New Year’s Eve ball drop will not take place.
The Timeball Tower repaint plan is being prepared and should take place next Spring. Our landlords, Dover District Council (DDC), are on the case for both the mast repair and the repaint.