The city of Mechelen set up a security perimeter around the St. Rumbold’s Tower in the late afternoon on Friday. This is done on the advice of the Monument Guard because “an ornament at a height of eighty meters is unstable”.
The city is convinced that there is little chance that the ornament will actually fall down. The perimeter is set up preventively. “Given the direction in which the pinnacle leans, the risk of impact on the roadway if it were to fall is very small, but of course we are not taking any risks. As a preventive measure, a limited zone in the side aisle of the cathedral will also be closed off from the public,” says Mayor Bart Somers (For Mechelen).
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The pinnacle had previously been temporarily secured with ropes, pending its planned removal in March. A final inspection showed that the angle of inclination had increased. “The cause is oxidation of an underlying iron wall anchor. For us this is a reason to have the removal of the ornament carried out more quickly,” says Arthur Orlians (For Mechelen), alderman for Monuments. Until then, the security perimeter will remain in force.(svh)