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 firstname.lastname@example.org