Safety fears force pop­u­lar bak­ery to shut

Accrington Observer - - YOUR VIEWS - JON MACPHER­SON

APOPULAR bak­ery had to be closed for sev­eral days over safety fears.

Coun­cil build­ing con­trol of­fi­cers were called to Mar­tin’s Bak­ery and an ad­join­ing build­ing on Union Road, Oswaldtwistle on Oc­to­ber 5, after con­cerns about their ‘struc­tural in­tegrity’.

Bak­ery owner Lyn­don Mar­tin said his shop had to be evac­u­ated over safety fears, and praised the ‘ quick thinking’ of his staff and nearby busi­ness owner Joanne McGloine for avert­ing any dan­ger.

Con­crete had to be pumped into the base­ment of num­ber 327 Union Road - the build­ing next door - fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent.

The bak­ery re­opened on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 10.

Hyn­d­burn coun­cil said it served a Build­ing Act no­tice on the owner of num­ber 327 be­cause it ‘was con­sid­ered to be dan­ger­ous and im­medi- ate ac­tion was re­quired to make it safe’.

A spokesper­son said: “Build­ing Con­trol of­fi­cers were called out fol­low­ing con­cerns about the struc­tural in­tegrity of the build­ings. The bak­ery and shop were closed to pro­tect staff and the public, and later that day con­trac­tors filled the base­ment of 327 with con­crete. After fur­ther emer­gency works were un­der­taken by the owner of­fi­cers have now con­firmed both prop­er­ties have been made safe.”

Work­men out­side Mar­tin’s Bak­ery shop on Union Road in Oswaldtwistle (in­set) after it was evac­u­ated and closed over safety fears.

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