Major South Yorkshire road to remain closed following blaze

A major road through Barnsley town centre is to remain closed following a blaze last week.

Thursday, 25th August 2016, 8:18 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 9:19 am
Westway remains closed

Westway has been closed to traffic and pedestrians since last Thursday after a blaze broke out at the former Chicago Rock nightclub on the corner of Pall Mall and New Street.

There are concerns for the safety of the building, with demolition being considered.

Assessments of the building were carried out yesterday by Historic England and an independent structural report has also been completed.

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A Barnsley Council spokesman said Westway will remain closed until further notice.

A cordon is in place and security staff will be monitoring the area over the weekend and Bank Holiday Monday.

An assessment of damage to Wellington House, where the Central Library and other services are based, is due to take place but the building is currently closed.

Barnsley Credit Union is operating from the Civic on Eldon Street, the Citizens Advice Bureau is being run from Darton LIFT Centre and the Central Library will be running a pop up library in the Better Barnsley Shopoin the precinct from tomorrow.

Leader of Barnsley Council, Sir Steve Houghton, said: "On behalf of the council I’d like thank again businesses and the people of Barnsley for the resilience and patience they have shown over this past week of disruption. We are doing our very best to get things back to normal as soon as possible.”

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.