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Be on alert and check for building defects

Bedford Borough Council is encouraging property owners to make sure their buildings are properly maintained and do not pose a risk to the public following an incident in Bedford last week.

 

Part of a chimney above a property in Prebend Street broke away and plummeted onto the pavement in the early hours of Thursday morning.  To safeguard the public, the footpath was closed and the road reduced to single line traffic operating under a two-way light system.

 

The remaining part of the chimney has now been made safe by the property owner and the road has reopened - but the incident has served as a timely warning to building owners that they need to make sure their properties are safe.

 

Officers from the council’s building control team, which deals with dangerous or unsafe buildings, are now reminding property owners to make sure that whoever owns their premises conducts proper checks to make sure the building is safe, especially if it is quite old.

 

Councillor Colleen Atkins, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Regulatory Services, said: “This incident once again underlines the importance of all property owners making sure their buildings are properly maintained and do not pose a risk to the public.

 

“Our message to property owners, especially those whose buildings are next to busy pedestrian routes, and also businesses like pubs, bars and restaurants which have customers sitting or standing outside, is that they need to carry out regular checks to ensure that their building remains safe.

 

“Employing structural engineers or surveyors to carry out periodical inspections is not expensive and it means that problems can be detected quickly and repaired more cheaply. It could also save someone’s life.”

 

For building control advice, please visit www.bedford.gov.uk or email buildingcontrol@bedford.gov.uk

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