December 22, 2010
church sealed off as icicles
cause safety fears
crews in Burnham-On-Sea sealed off a busy church in the town centre
on Wednesday (December 22nd) amid concerns that icicles may come
crashing down onto passing pedestrians.
routes to Burnham Catholic Church have been sealed off with fire
service tape to keep the public well away.
comes after the church contacted the fire brigade due to fears
that someone could be injured by the falling sharp strands of
Fire Station Officer Ian Hazleton told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Several
icicles have come crashing down from the sloping roof of the church
and, rather than risk anyone getting hurt, we've decided to close
the car park and keep the public away."
added that the car park entrances on the Marine Drive side and
Highbridge Road side of the church will remain closed until the
danger has passed.
Bernadette Newton, a spokeswoman for the church, said the 9.30am
service due to be held this morning had been moved to the former
convent in Jaycroft Road instead.
"The conditions at the church led us to decide that the
service should be moved," she told Burnham-On-Sea.com. "It's
the first time we've had a problem like this before."