BREAKING: Former Radcliffe Times Building Roof Collapses In High Winds Damaging Vehicles
Bury's got some street closures
A renowned building in Radcliffe has become a casualty of the high winds as its roof partially collapsed in today's gales.
The former Radcliffe Times building, well known to people in the area, was opened in 1897, but luckily the offices were empty for today's incident.
Bury Council has released a statement telling the public that Church Street West in Radcliffe and Bell Lane in Bury are currently closed to motorists.
The former Radcliffe Times building has been declared unsafe, and although no one was injured in the incident, it's understood that there was some damage to cars in the vicinity.
Church Street West is closed in Radcliffe due to the partial collapse of the old Radcliffe Times building in high winds pic.twitter.com/HtP3U4wlG1— Dan Holland (@DanHolland93) January 11, 2017
The council says the road has been closed to through traffic from Spring Lane to Seymour Street. Traffic will be diverted via Spring Lane – Water Street – Pilkington Way – Dale Street and vice versa.
Currently pedestrian access is being maintained on the north side of Church Street West (on the side of the health centre) but this will be reviewed on a half-hourly basis should the wind again increase.
The building's owners are aware of the problem and we have been informed that a contractor is en route and they will erect Heras fencing and inspect the building.