A main road through a Moorlands village was closed for some time this week after part of a former public house collapsed with debris falling into the road. Fortunately no one was hurt when part of the former Blacks Head pub in Tean collapsed on Monday (September 6) lunchtime. The whole building has since been taken down due to health and safety concern.
A main road through a Moorlands village was closed for some time this week after part of a former public house collapsed with debris falling into the road.
Fortunately no one was hurt when part of the former Blacks Head pub in Tean collapsed on Monday (September 6) lunchtime. The whole building has since been taken down due to health and safety concern.
It is understood that builders had been working on the site at the time of the collapse.
Both Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service were called to the site to assist in closing the road and making the area safe. They were later joined at the site by representatives of the Health and Safety Executive, Staffordshire County Council’s Highways department, and Building Control officers.
A video, which has been circulated on social media, captured the moment just after some of the building came down, showing debris in the road and a cloud of dust engulfing the area.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said on Monday at 2pm: “Police were called at 12.14pm on Monday (September 6) to the Blacks Head Inn on High Street, Upper Tean.
“Officers attended the building which was found to be in an unstable condition. Fire fighters from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service also attended the scene. No one was reported hurt.
“Officers closed Draycott Road A521 in Tean up to the A522 New Road as a result of the debris.
Traffic is being diverted along Breach Lane and St Thomas Road. HGVs are advised to use the A50.
“Police also informed Highways England. The diversion will remain in place until safe demolition of the building can take place.”
A force spokesman later, at around 4pm on Monday, posted a further update on the Police Facebook page. They said: “Police officers, the Health and Safety Executive, Highways and the building company are all at the location and will be for some time.
“Highways will be putting a diversion in place but please stay away from the area if you can.”
Meanwhile a spokesman for Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service said: “Fire fighters were called at 12.26pm on Monday (September 6) to Black Heads Inn, High Street, Upper Tean, following reports of a partially collapsed building.
“A total of two crews from Longton attended and all persons were accounted for. An inner and outer cordon was set up by fire fighters.
“Crews isolated the power supply, including gas and electricity, to the building, and the adjoining clinic. No one was reported hurt.
“The incident was left in the care of police and council building inspectors. Crews left the scene at 1.47pm.”
A planning application for the site of the Blacks Head was passed by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) last Summer for the: “change of use of the public house (Class A4) to retail (Class A1) and ground and first floor rear and side extension: conversion of first floor to create four flats (Class C3); installation of plant and machinery; and ancillary car parking and delivery area.”
A spokesperson for Staffordshire Moorlands District Council said on Monday: “Inspectors from Derbyshire Building Control Partnership (DBCP) working on behalf of the council attended reports of a partially collapsed building in Tean today.
“Our inspectors are still on site assessing the situation and will undertake whatever works are necessary to ensure the safety of the public.”
The remainder of the former Blacks Head public house was demolished, by contractors using specialist machinery, yesterday (Tuesday, September 7).
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