A FIRM of surveyors has been reappointed by Henley Town Council to assess its buildings.
The Keith Douglas Partnership will be paid £6,250 plus VAT to produce a five-year maintenance programme.
The company, which is based in Queen Street, Henley, was first appointed in 2008 when the cost of its five-year survey was £4,650.
Property maintenance costs under that programme averaged £70,000 a year.
Town clerk Mike Kennedy told a meeting of the council’s finance and strategy committee that the company had produced a survey of each building which had proved to be “reasonably accurate”.
“It is not a perfect science as we have had to cope with the unforeseen, such as Red Lion Lawn,” he said.
Mr Kennedy recommended the company, saying that the council would be supporting local business and the committee agreed.
The Keith Douglas Partnership was founded in 1968 to provide building surveying and architectural services to commercial clients.
The committee also decided to reappoint Ellis Whittam, of Chester, to give the council advice on human resources, health and safety and employment law on a three-year contract worth £3,000 a year.