VITAL repairs are being made to the Chichester cross which marks the market cross in the city centre – after it was damaged by storms.
Scaffolding has been put up around the landmark to remove the damaged area from the top of the building.
Keith Blow, property manager for Chichester City Council, said it was a public safety hazard, despite being secure.
“Stress has been place on this area by the stone ball and vane being forced over and thus the top stone roof section has now cracks on all four sides which potentially is making this a public safety hazard although currently it is secure.
“My recommendation is to remove the top section immediately for safety reasons with a view to replace like for like’.”
The weather vane was bent out of place by the strong winds at the start of the year.
Chichester City Council sought permission from English Heritage before removing contractors began the work.