Con­crete block falls from top of car park

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

BOSSES have moved to ad­dress safety fears over the Grosvenor car park after it was re­vealed that a lump of con­crete has fallen off the build­ing.

A piece of con­crete came off the top of the multi-storey - which ad­joins the Grosvenor Shop­ping Cen­tre - and landed on the ramp which leads into the build­ing from Churchill Way.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened overnight on June 20, when the car park was closed.

Cheshire East Coun­cil, which owns and main­tains the build­ing, pic- tured, has since re­paired the hole. A spokesman said the coun­cil de­scribed the in­ci­dent as a “mi­nor event” and said no risk was posed to the pub­lic.

But it has prompted fears among traders.

Phil Slack used to run his business Mar­ket Hard­ware in the Grosvenor’s in­door mar­ket, un­der­neath the car park.

He has since moved his business to Ch­ester­gate and re­named it Do­mus.

Phil said: “I saw the hole.

“The car park is con­crete and won’t last for­ever.

“The coun­cil needs to do some­thing about it.”

Stephen Broad­head, 54, of Hol­lands Place, the prospec­tive Lib­eral Demo­crat can­di­date for the coun­cil’s Hurds­field ward, echoed the con­cerns.

He said: “This is a health and safety is­sue.

“If lumps of con­crete are fall­ing off, it could be fa­tal.”

The car park, built around 40 years ago, has spa­ces for more than 300 cars and is open from Mon­day to Satur­day be­tween 7.30am and 7.15pm.

A Cheshire East spokesman said the coun­cil is mon­i­tor­ing the build­ing.

He said: “Stress gauges have been in place for a num­ber of years which are ca­pa­ble of de­tect­ing the slight­est move­ment.

“The gauges are checked sev­eral times ev­ery month and no move­ment has been de­tected. Overnight on June 20 a small piece of con­crete fell on the exit ramp.

“Our con­trac­tors car­ried out a small re­pair at a cost of £50. This was a very mi­nor event which posed no risk to the pub­lic.”

The Grosvenor Shop­ping Cen­tre is owned by Eskmuir. Ed Kennedy, man­ager, said: “The car park is owned and main­tained by Cheshire East Coun­cil.

“The safety of our shop­pers is paramount and we con­tinue to li­aise with the Coun­cil in this re­spect.”

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