Newcastle was somewhat disrupted today, as Forth Street, which runs behind the Central Station, and is used as a handy East-West route, had to be closed. A currently empty building had its roof brought down by the weight of snow, and this in turn made it likely that the building would collapse. By lunchtime, some partial demolition was being done:
I’ve heard that the rest of the building will be demolished, which could lead to some unexpected expense for its owners, as it is Grade I Listed, which means that, if the law is fully enforced, it will have to be fully reinstated, not just cleared and replaced with something new.
For reasons best known to themselves, our local newspaper hasn’t reported much of this, other than a small “breaking news” item this morning. But then, they took a while to report the Market Street River, too.