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Stoke Town to face a further 6 weeks of traffic chaos



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Emergency works to stabilise the Spode building in Stoke town have been extended for a further six weeks from tomorrow.

The historic structure, which is in a conservation area, was last month found to be leaning at a dangerous angle, next to a pedestrian crossing.

Initial work to temporarily remove the façade has now uncovered further problems with the building’s structure.

Repairs will be made to the brickwork, cavity walls, left-hand gable and windows.

The upper levels of brickwork on the corner at the junction of Liverpool Road and Elenora Street have already been removed, numbered and stored so that they can be reinstated at a later date.

The street will remain cordoned for safety reasons, as scaffolding is needed to carry out the urgent works.

Traffic will continue to be diverted along Hartshill Road onto Shelton Old Road. The work is expected to be completed in April.

Pete Price, Assistant Director for Technical Services, said: “The safety of Stoke town’s residents and visitors is absolutely paramount which is why this urgent work is being carried out immediately in order to protect the public.

“We are dealing with an historic structure that is located in a conservation area which makes this a delicate and time consuming project. I would like to thank motorists, traders and shoppers for their patience while this vital work is carried out and to assure people that it will be completed as quickly as possible.”

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