Colchester town centre road shut after reports of concrete falling from building
- Credit: Rob Huddleston/Essex Police
Fears over the structural safety of a town centre building have forced police to close a busy road after it was feared concrete was falling from the roof.
Head Street, in Colchester, is currently closed while police, firefighters and Colchester Borough Council officers deal with concerns about the building's structural integrity.
Fire crews were called at 9am following concerns that concrete was falling from the building's roof.
The aerial ladder platform was used by fire crews to reach the roof area where they found damage to a concrete plinth.
There had been reports that concrete was falling from the roof.
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The surrounding area was cordoned off as a precaution and fire crews worked to ensure the scene was safe.
A spokesman for Essex County Fire and Rescue said: "Firefighters are currently assisting the Local Authority Surveyor who is assessing the building."
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Essex Police said on Facebook: "Head Street is currently closed between Southway and Culver Street West while we, and officers from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and Enjoy Colchester are on scene and dealing.
"If you can, please avoid the area."
A Colchester Borough Council spokesman said on Thursday afternoon: “Following discussions with our building control team the building’s owner has arranged for scaffolding to be erected this afternoon to protect members of the public from any potential issues and allow a fuller inspection of the building’s structure.
"The road will remain closed while this is carried out.”
It is not clear how long the road will be closed for at this time.