Wellingborough roads remain closed due to unsafe roof

Urgent repairs must be completed before the two roads can re-open

Tuesday, 27th October 2020, 1:40 pm
Updated Tuesday, 27th October 2020, 1:44 pm

Two roads in Wellingborough remain closed due to an unsafe roof.

Wellingborough firefighters were called out to Queen Street on Saturday afternoon with an aerial appliance from Moulton to assess the dangerous structure.

The structure was deemed so dangerous that police closed Queen Street with people told to avoid the area.

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Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service said later that evening that Queen Street and Salem Lane, which link High Street and Herriotts Lane, would be closed for at least 48 hours.

More than 48 hours on, a spokesman for the fire service has told the Northants Telegraph today (Tuesday) that the roads remain closed and it is not yet known when they will re-open.

The spokesman said: "The roads are still closed in regards to this incident.

"Primacy now lies with the building owner who is making urgent repairs to the roof.

Firefighters were called to the incident on Saturday afternoon

"As soon as this is done, they will inform Wellingborough Council who will get the closures lifted."

A spokesman for Wellingborough Council said they 'understand that the owner is organising urgent repairs.'

A spokesman for Northants County Council, which is responsible for highways, said it looks like the road was closed due to loose roof tiles and added: "The community steward is currently talking to Wellingborough Borough and once they confirm it is safe to do so we’ll remove the closure."

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