Plans to rebuild collapsed wall

Oscars as at June 2014
Oscars as at June 2014

Plans have been submitted to rebuild the wall of a town pub which collapsed last year.

In July last year Bow Alley, in Alnwick, was closed on health and safety grounds after concerns about a bulge in the gable end wall of Oscar’s Bar, on Narrowgate.

Three months later part of the wall crumbled, closing the business and the alley indefinitely.

Under emergency powers Northumberland County Council appointed an engineer to put up a steel frame to support the building before remedial work was carried out.

Now the authority’s building control team has put in an application for listed building consent to repair the wall, and internal structures, in a bid to reopen the alley.

The council has been in discussions with the building’s owner, Derek Charlton, about the work.

The application states that the collapsed wall will be repaired using the stone which was recovered on the outside and more modern material on the internal wall.

Alnwick town and county Coun Gordon Castle said: “It looks like practical steps are being taken to get this job done and worry about getting the financial side of the situation sorted later.

“I hope this is resolved amicably around the table and that it does not affect the taxpayers’ pocket.”

But in a previous article in the Gazette Mr Charlton said that the insurance company had declined to pay out for the damage because the bulge in the wall was an existing condition.

A Northumberland County Council spokeswoman said: “We are working with the owners of the building to find a long term solution to this issue.

“We recognise that there is inconvenience to residents and visitors in this key location and are actively seeking to carry out work to allow the reopening of Bow Alley.”