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Inquiry into why library roof failed

BLYTHE councillor Len Cresswell has asked for assurances there won’t be a repeat of the recent damage to Dickens Heath Library.

BLYTHE councillor Len Cresswell has asked for assurances there won’t be a repeat of the recent damage to Dickens Heath Library.

Coun Cresswell said that many residents were concerned about the collapse of the roof in strong winds.

“What are the council doing to ensure other high buildings in the area, of which there are several, are safe?” he asked.

The library - only opened in 2004 - stands on Old Dickens Road, right at the heart of the village development.

It was built for free, along with the school and health centre, in return for the release of green belt land.

John-Paul Shields, aged 36, understood that nearby buildings would be checked with infra-red cameras to make sure they were structurally sound.

“You don’t expect a building that is less than ten years old to see this amount of damage, it wasn’t exactly a gale.”

“I would like to see Solihull Council carry out their own independent investigation into why this happened.

“People could have been killed if this had happened during the day.”

And Meriden MP Caroline Spelman said she was surprised the roof hadn’t withstood the 50-60mph gusts.

“While I am pleased that nobody was hurt, the roof collapse posed a threat to residents and passers-by,” she said.

Councillor Graham Craig, cabinet member for community services, said the authorities had moved quickly to make the building safe.

He said that Solihull Council had provided a cherry-picker to put up scaffolding around the damaged roof.

“We are working closely with the management organisation to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” he added.

The library reopened as expected on Saturday.

 

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