Repair work underway as front wall collapses in Morecambe

Wall gives way in Morecambe on Lancaster Road.
Wall gives way in Morecambe on Lancaster Road.

Some businesses are now up and running again after being evacuated when part of a wall came away from the front of a building in Morecambe.

Fears a building may collapse forced residents to evacuate their homes as part of a wall crumbled away in Morecambe.

Wall gives way in Morecambe on Lancaster Road.

Wall gives way in Morecambe on Lancaster Road.

Some said the shop front wall above Booze 4 U off licence on Lancaster Road was an “accident waiting to happen.”

Residents near to the damage, including ‘Fusion’ hairdresser owner, Faye Montford and ‘Four Seasons’ Chinese takeaway owners were evacuated as a precaution on Tuesday evening.

Emergency services including fire crews and police were called to the flat above the Booze 4 U off licence at 7.20pm.

Lancaster City Council’s on-call District Emergency Incident Officer attended on Tuesday after receiving a report of an unsafe building.

Wall gives way in Morecambe on Lancaster Road.

Wall gives way in Morecambe on Lancaster Road.

Hairdresser Faye Montford, who lives next door to Booze 4 U, said: “The council official decided to evacuate us and the Chinese takeaway as well as residents above Booze 4 U.

“We were offered bedsit accommodation but stayed with friends, we can’t trade today (Wednesday) as bricks appear to be flying everywhere. Nightmare.

“However inconvenient it seemed at the time being evacuated, the emergency services and council did a great job ensuring everyone’s safety.”

Work is currently taking place to get the building repaired where the section of stonework between two windows on the front wall of the building’s upper floor has detached.

A council spokesman said: “We attended having received a report of an unsafe building in Morecambe due to the danger that part of a wall might collapse.

“Occupants of the building and two neighbouring properties were helped to vacate the buildings and were found temporary accommodation via the council’s on call emergency homeless team.

“A member of the council’s Building Control Team have now assessed the structural safety of the building and satisfied that there is no imminent danger of collapse but that repair work needs to take place as soon as possible.”

Part of Lancaster Road was closed near Asda on Wednesday morning and nearby residents were also asked to leave their homes for their own safety.

Lancaster Road and Chinese takeaway ‘Four Seasons’ is now open.