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Road closure extended to allow further emergency works to derelict building in Wisbech High Street

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A road closure to allow for urgent demolition work in Wisbech High Street has been extended.

The High Street was temporarily closed on Monday, July 15, as Fenland District Council began emergency works to partially demolish the derelict building at 11-12 High Street.

Investigations had revealed that two unsupported walls behind the façade were structurally unsafe, and immediate action was necessary to ensure public safety.

Road closure extended to allow furtheremergency works to derelict building. (14029875)
Road closure extended to allow furtheremergency works to derelict building. (14029875)

The work was due to take up to a week to complete, but further structural issues have been identified meaning the road closure will now be in place for approximately a further five to six days.

Work will be carried out over the weekend to ensure it is completed as quickly and safely as possible, with the road expected to re-open as soon as these essential works are completed.

The Council is currently reviewing existing access and diversion routes with Cambridgeshire County Council’s traffic management team, and signage will be adjusted on site to help improve traffic movements in the area.

Councillor Chris Seaton, Fenland District Council’s portfolio holder for heritage, said: “These works are being undertaken to ensure the continued safety of both the public and our contractors. We appreciate the public’s patience during this time.”

The council purchased 11-12 High Street from its previous owner late last year in order to save it from further dilapidation and bring it back into use as part of its £1.9 million Heritage Lottery-funded Wisbech High Street Project.

Plans have been drawn up with a developer to regenerate the site with new flats and shops, and structural surveys scheduled to determine the condition of the building and its foundations.

It was during initial excavation works in the building’s basement last week that the structural issues were found, with further investigations confirming that remedial work should be undertaken without delay to mitigate any risks.

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