Safety fears after another tile falls from wall of Blackburn's Mall shopping centre

Blackburn Citizen: the missing tile and (inset) restaurant boss Daniel Moffett the missing tile and (inset) restaurant boss Daniel Moffett

Tiles are being removed from the Church Street frontage of The Mall shopping centre in Blackburn after a second one fell 50 feet onto a cafe terrace within weeks.

It narrowly missed a customer at Butler’s Cafe having a mid-morning cuppa yesterday, showering her with debris and leaving her shocked and shaken.

The incident came less than five weeks after the shopping centre owners promised that the frontage was safe following a similar incident.

Now Daniel Moffett, owner of Butler’s Family Restaurant who again finds his open-air terrace sealed off, and market stall holders are angry and concerned for the safety of customers and pedestrians.

On August 23 the Mall promised there would be no repeat of the “isolated incident” due to high winds which saw part of Church Street sealed off for a week, forcing Mr Moffett to close his outdoor area and preventing access to his restaurant through the doors underneath the tiling.

Mr Moffett said last night: “I am shocked, stunned and angry. We were promised that the tiling had been thoroughly checked and was safe. Then this happens scarcely a month later.

“One of my customers was 15 feet away when the tile fell, smashing on the street and showering her with debris. She was shocked and shaken.

“I am worried for the safety of mine and market customers. We have had two lucky escapes and I don’t want it to be third time unlucky.

“This is ridiculous and needs to be sorted properly. I heard some of the workmen talking and they said all the tiles were loose. This is dangerous.”

Stewart Cunliffe of Sanderson’s bakery said: “It ludicrous. It must be devastating for Butlers for this to happen again.

“It puts the safety of their customers, market customers and pedestrians in Church Street at risk.”

Yesterday, Mall general manager Loraine Jones said: “We can confirm that unfortunately a second tile has come loose from the frontage of the Mall but are pleased to report that no one was hurt by the tile.

"The security and safety of our customers and the local community are our key priority and we can confirm that the tiling was recently checked and deemed safe.

"However, due to the recent incident we will ensure further investigations will be undertaken as a matter of urgency and in the meantime, as a precautionary measure, we are looking into the possibility of removing all the tiles.

"We would like to thank our customers for their understanding as we seek to resolve this matter as swiftly as possible.”

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4:23pm Fri 28 Sep 12

darwenTower says...

It's a shame that building using proper construction materials has gone out of fashion.

Are these the same sort of tiles that the Darwen Academy has been built from? They don't seem attached particularly well.
It's a shame that building using proper construction materials has gone out of fashion. Are these the same sort of tiles that the Darwen Academy has been built from? They don't seem attached particularly well. darwenTower
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4:40pm Fri 28 Sep 12

ste.g says...

close it down and re open the old market
close it down and re open the old market ste.g
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5:07pm Fri 28 Sep 12

Carl_24 says...

I've said it time and time again... I told you so.
It's the council's fault for rushing to get it open on time last year you can tell they've cut corners when you walk thru that sh*t hole and to this day things don't work in that so called market i.e escalators, revolving doors, cash machine ect and they have the cheek to have signs on the windows saying market of the year.
I've said it time and time again... I told you so. It's the council's fault for rushing to get it open on time last year you can tell they've cut corners when you walk thru that sh*t hole and to this day things don't work in that so called market i.e escalators, revolving doors, cash machine ect and they have the cheek to have signs on the windows saying market of the year. Carl_24
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8:39pm Fri 28 Sep 12

ghanto says...

i really really really hate the new market

i like the old one
i really really really hate the new market i like the old one ghanto
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12:45am Sat 29 Sep 12

Rimbus says...

I've had the same problem in my lavvy at home. Tiles keep falling off the walls and one nearly fell on my foot the other morning when I was in the shower. I've told my missus to make sure that she uses a proper bathroom grade adhesive when she's replacing them and to take a bit more care in future when undertaking home improvements.
I've had the same problem in my lavvy at home. Tiles keep falling off the walls and one nearly fell on my foot the other morning when I was in the shower. I've told my missus to make sure that she uses a proper bathroom grade adhesive when she's replacing them and to take a bit more care in future when undertaking home improvements. Rimbus
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5:08pm Sat 29 Sep 12

Bacupbloke says...

Blackburn folk are never happy! They grumble about the market, about Rovers ( with or without Kean), they moan about their MP and about the way that the BBC portrays the town. Come on now, it could be even worse, you could be living in Burnley.
Blackburn folk are never happy! They grumble about the market, about Rovers ( with or without Kean), they moan about their MP and about the way that the BBC portrays the town. Come on now, it could be even worse, you could be living in Burnley. Bacupbloke
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10:39pm Sat 29 Sep 12

Rimbus says...

Bacupbloke wrote:
Blackburn folk are never happy! They grumble about the market, about Rovers ( with or without Kean), they moan about their MP and about the way that the BBC portrays the town. Come on now, it could be even worse, you could be living in Burnley.
or Bacup!
[quote][p][bold]Bacupbloke[/bold] wrote: Blackburn folk are never happy! They grumble about the market, about Rovers ( with or without Kean), they moan about their MP and about the way that the BBC portrays the town. Come on now, it could be even worse, you could be living in Burnley.[/p][/quote]or Bacup! Rimbus
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11:58pm Sat 29 Sep 12

DEO VOLENTE says...

Falling down, Falling down, blackburn Town is faling down! Let us hope that the rain keeps falling then Blackburn Town will drown!

Deus Vobiscum
Falling down, Falling down, blackburn Town is faling down! Let us hope that the rain keeps falling then Blackburn Town will drown! Deus Vobiscum DEO VOLENTE
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12:37am Sun 30 Sep 12

Rimbus says...

DEO VOLENTE wrote:
Falling down, Falling down, blackburn Town is faling down! Let us hope that the rain keeps falling then Blackburn Town will drown!

Deus Vobiscum
Amo, Amas, Amat, Amamus,Amatis, Amant. X.
[quote][p][bold]DEO VOLENTE[/bold] wrote: Falling down, Falling down, blackburn Town is faling down! Let us hope that the rain keeps falling then Blackburn Town will drown! Deus Vobiscum[/p][/quote]Amo, Amas, Amat, Amamus,Amatis, Amant. X. Rimbus
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