Strong winds bring scaffolding down

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STRONG winds were blamed for causing scaffolding to fall from a block of flats.

Police were called after a motorist reported some scaffolding had fallen in Helford Road, Peterlee, at the junction with Medway Close.

The road was closed for two hours and East Durham Homes was alerted and sent contractors Kier to remove the scaffolding, as well as some of the structure that was still insecure on the building.

The scaffolding was in place as part of a scheme to replace windows with double glazing. A survey of other blocks of flats at risk is also being carried out.

An East Durham Homes spokeswoman said: “East Durham Homes was notified that due to the high winds some scaffolding had been dislodged and fallen onto the road next to flats in Helford Road.

“The police and Durham County Council’s highways department temporarily closed the road while the scaffolding contractor removed scaffolding from the road and checked that remaining scaffolding was safe and secure.

“There were no reports of any injuries or damage and residents in the block were not required to evacuate the building.

“Officers from East Durham Homes have visited customers in the block to explain what happened, and a letter has been sent to customers in the block and surrounding area to apologise for any disruption.

“Kier Building Maintenance are carrying out a review of the incident and we have arranged to meet them early this week.

“Other blocks in the area, where property improvement works were being carried out, had checks done on the scaffolding.”

The incident happened at around 9.35pm last Thursday.

Inspector Kevin Blakey, of Durham Police, said: “We received a report that some scaffolding had blown down into the middle of the road.

“We contacted East Durham Homes and they went to the scene.

“It was due to the high winds, by the looks of it.”