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Scaffolding to be cleared from major road in Northampton town centre in New Year

Posted: 23/12/13 by West Northamptonshire Council

Scaffolding at the fire-damaged Angel Hotel in Bridge Street, Northampton, is to be cleared from the carriageway early in the new year.

The large scaffold and hoarding that has been in place since the historic building was gutted in a blaze on 2 January 2012 will be remodelled so that it is clear of the road in Bridge Street by the end of January 2014, the Borough Council has been assured.

Discussions can then begin with Northamptonshire County Council and businesses in the area about removing existing traffic orders and reopening the road to two way traffic.

The old Angel Hotel had been home to two separate businesses before the fire, which damaged it so badly that it was in danger of collapse. Scaffolding has supported the buildings ever since and the protective hoardings around that have meant traffic flow in Bridge Street has been reduced to one way.

Northampton Borough Council has kept up liaison with the owners of the building in a bid to encourage them to remove the scaffolding as soon as possible. The council has also held meetings bring together businesses in the area with the landlord’s representatives to discuss progress.

Now, the council has been told that the scaffolding can be remodelled so that it is clear of the carriageway and that this work will be completed by the end of January.

Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “I know that this has been a tough time for businesses in Bridge Street, when the scaffolding has reduced passing trade and made already difficult trading conditions even worse.

“I am disappointed that businesses have had to live with this disruption for two years now and I have tried to keep up a dialogue with the landlords to make sure they understood the impact on other businesses. It is good to hear that the scaffolding will be moved and the process of getting the road back to normal can begin as possible in the new year.”

Cllr Michael Clarke, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “The county council, as highways authority, is committed to working with our partners to bring improvements to the town centre and is happy to support the borough council in its plans.”

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