Following the partial collapse of the Old Courthouse building in Cockermouth earlier this month (Sunday, 8 October), agencies are continuing to work together to protect public safety.
Cumberland Council is making assessments of the site - with the permission of the owner of the building - and has undertaken a LiDAR survey which has provided a 3D map of the building. Further assessments of the site are ongoing, and a contractor is working with the council to assess access to the site and is helping to determine how any works could be undertaken.
The bridge over the river Cocker continues to be closed to traffic, as a precautionary measure, but a new walkway is available for pedestrians and cyclists. This opened on Thursday 12 October.
Temporary traffic lights have been installed in Kirkgate and the on-street parking in this area has been suspended to help manage the flow of traffic through the town.
The river embankment has been fenced off in the potential drop zone.
Discussions are ongoing with key partners including the owner of the building.
Cumberland Council spokesperson said:
“Although this is a privately owned building, we are working with specialist structural engineers and contractors to help determine the extent of the damage and what steps can be taken.
“This is a complex issue and public safety is our main priority.
“We will do all we can to reopen the bridge to vehicles as soon as we can but in the meantime, we have installed a covered walkway for pedestrians and cyclists.
“Cockermouth is open for business. Please continue to support local traders.”
Cumberland Council is continuing to support affected residents and businesses