Arlesey road still closed after building collapse – telegraph pole stops wall falling into street

The scene after the wall collapse on Hitchin Road in Arlesey yesterday.

The scene after the wall collapse on Hitchin Road in Arlesey yesterday. - Credit: Archant

A main road in Arlesey remains closed this morning after a building under construction collapsed yesterday afternoon.

The scene after the wall collapse on Hitchin Road in Arlesey yesterday.

The scene after the wall collapse on Hitchin Road in Arlesey yesterday. - Credit: Archant

A front-facing wall, part of a two-storey building under renovation in Hitchin Road, collapsed at about 3.20pm and was only prevented from falling into the road by scaffolding and a telegraph pole.

Firefighters and police attended the scene, isolated the area around the building and called for assistance from building surveyors from Central Bedfordshire Council and the Health and Safety Executive. There were no injuries reported.

Tim Forsythe, of Hitchin-based JR Scaffolding, was there at the time and said: “It would’ve been a lot worse without the scaffolding there – bricks could have fallen into the road and landed on someone.

The scene after the wall collapse on Hitchin Road in Arlesey yesterday.

The scene after the wall collapse on Hitchin Road in Arlesey yesterday. - Credit: Archant

“The Health and Safety Executive praised us for our actions and it was lucky we were there to help.”

After it was decided that it was too windy and dark to work on the building immediately, the area was cordoned off overnight so that work could begin this morning.

An update on the road closure is expected later today.

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