A busy Stoke-on-Trent road will not reopen now until tomorrow (Tuesday) morning while a derelict building is being demolished.
Part of a privately owned derelict building has been demolished by Stoke-on-Trent City Council after surveys revealed parts of the structure were dangerous and at risk of collapse.
The demolition work began on Saturday, at the Price and Kensington Teapot Works, in Newcastle Street, Longport, under Section 78 of the 1984 Building Act and will continue until it is completed in time for the road to re-open on Tuesday 5 November.
The city council has responsibility for the road which runs adjacent to the building and has acted because there was a danger to the public and the highway if the building or part of it collapsed. The work aims to bring an unsafe element of the building on the street front down to a safe height.
The Newcastle Street temporary closure from the canal bridge to the Trubshaw Cross roundabout will continue until 6am on Tuesday. A diversion will be in place for motorists.
In July 2018 the city council served a notice on the owner of the Grade II* listed building, which required steps to be taken to improve the condition of the property. The owner was prosecuted earlier this month for failing to comply with the requirements set out in the notice and fined £1,000. The building has previously been placed on Historic England’s heritage at risk register.
Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, infrastructure, and heritage, said: “The city council is committed to protecting our city’s heritage and it is with deep sadness that the historic landmark Price and Kensington building has had to be demolished. It is a privately-owned building that has fallen into an extremely poor condition and while we’ve been actively pursuing the owner for some time to complete works on the site, we were left with no choice but to move forward with demolition.
“We simply could not continue to leave standing an unsafe and dangerous building that posed a threat to public safety. While this is incredibly disappointing there were no other choices left available to us and we had to act immediately to avoid any accidents. We apologise for the inconvenience to motorists with the continued road closure but I hope members of the public will understand entirely that we had no other option.
“I’ve personally had meetings with Historic England to try and find a developer to regenerate the site but unfortunately no-one has come forward over the last four years. We will be seeking to recover all reasonable costs associated with the demolition work from the site owner.”