Safety concerns in Quirindi

SAFETY precautions are in place with fears an awning at a Quirindi building could collapse.

Liverpool Plains Shire Council says it is taking steps to gain cooperation from the owner of a property on Station Street to carry out repairs to the awning but diversions were still in place.

“Currently these barricades are required due to concern that the awning is in immediate risk of collapse as it is in an advanced state of dilapidation. Awnings are part of the buildings to which they are attached and are the responsibility of the owner of the building, even when an awning is located over a public footpath,” Regulator services manager Steve Ryder said. 

“A risk assessment has been completed for this property and Council has advised the owner of their responsibility for the safety of their building and their legal liability if the awning fails or collapses.”

He said council was reviewing its options to speed up the process.

“Council is aware that the owner has made enquiries to have works carried out but is concerned at the time this is taking and as a result the continuing inconvenience to pedestrians,” he said.

“Whilst there are further legal steps Council can take, we would prefer the owner to move quickly on repairs to avoid the issue ending up in court with associated legal costs.

“Council apologises for the inconvenience to the public, is seeking to gain the property owner’s cooperation to expedite repairs and in the meantime the diversion measures in place are considered necessary and appropriate in the interest of community safety.”