For those who have been taking an interest in the state of the Buttercross clock, here is an update. The clock repairman has been up inside the roof and made a full assessment of what is causing the clock’s inability to keep accurate time.
The good news is that the actual mechanism is in perfect order. The issue lies with the receiver which picks up the time signal. The current receiver is no longer powerful enough to consistently pick up the signal from the UK transmitter which has moved.
Therefore, next week Councillors will be asked to approve the purchase and installation of a new, more powerful receiver, identical to the one that is successfully keeping time for the Corn Exchange clock and this should resolve the issue. For the time being the clock hands have both been placed at 12 for stability and to help protect them.