Derby

'High' risk of listed cottage collapsing

Church St Alvaston
Image caption Derby City Council said "immediate action" was needed to "protect the public" walking past the house

A road and footpath have been closed due to the "high" risk of a listed cottage collapsing.

Derby City Council said "immediate action" was needed to "protect the public" walking past the home in Church Street, Alvaston.

The action follows a structural assessment of the late 16th/early 17th Century timber-framed farmhouse.

The local authority said its engineers were producing a design to shore up the external walls.

A council statement said: "Should the wall and roof collapse, because of the proximity of the property to both the footpath and the main road, the potential for harm to the public, including children in nearby schools who use the footpaths regularly, is high."

Image caption Church Street may be closed until next week

The authority said there had been "a number of concerns about the condition of the property" over the last decade, and it had been working with the owner to address these.

It is believed the elderly owner is being found alternative accommodation.

Buses have been diverted until the road reopens.

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