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Safety measures taken after report on Cambridge church steeple

Urgent safety measures, including a road and pavement closure, are in place at Our Lady and the English Martyrs (OLEM) church in Cambridge after a report revealed structural issues with the church steeple and bell tower.

A recent condition report on the steeple at the Grade 1 listed, 133-year-old church has revealed, “stone fall, finial failure, cracking and signs of failure with potential danger to the public on the pavement below”.

In the light of this report, OLEM urgently requested advice from the highways authorities on the steps needed to avoid risks to the public, including a possible pavement closure.

A Diocese of East Anglia spokesperson said: “We understand that Cambridgeshire Council Council have decided to temporarily close parts of Hills Road and the pavement on Lensfield Road.

“The parish is seeking urgent specialist conservation advice and assistance to both ensure public safety and to remedy the structural failings as soon as is practicable.

“The bells will not be rung until further notice, but the services in the church will remain unaffected.”

Click here to listen to Matthew Champion, Historic Churches Officer for the diocese, talking to BBC Radio Cambs, about the work being done to rectify the safety issue. Start listening at 3.13.00.