Community recovery under way after Hinckley Road tragedy
Published on 12 March 2018
PEOPLE living in the area affected by the explosion on Hinckley Road are being reassured that support is in place to help the community recover from the tragic event.
Emergency services have now completed their essential investigations at the scene of the explosion, and work to make the area the safe and reopen the road has been handed over to Leicester City Council.
Properties immediately adjoining the building destroyed in the incident have already been demolished. City council building surveyors will now carry out a full assessment of the safety and stability of other properties in this block and there is a possibility that further demolition work may still be required.
The site will also be cleared of debris and rubble and work will be carried out to restore and repair the highway.
It is likely that a safety cordon will be in place for at least one more week but will be reduced as soon as it is safe to do so. However, the inbound lane of Hinckley Road, from its junction with Woodville Road, will need to remain closed for the time being.
The council will continue to provide support to those people who are unable to return to their homes. A dedicated housing officer is helping those people who have lost their homes to find new tenancies. Emergency hotel accommodation has been provided where required.
A residents' support point – put in place by the city council on the corner of Bolton Road and Hinckley Road – will remain open. This will be open from 9am-5pm on Monday to Friday until further notice. Staff from the city council will be available to offer support and information to anyone affected by the incident.
Businesses affected have also been contacted by the city council, and advice can be provided on support that may be available.
City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “This is a very difficult time for people living in the Hinckley Road area. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy remain with those affected by this tragic event, and we thank the local community for their continued kindness and patience.
“We also owe a huge debt of gratitude to the emergency services for the exceptional bravery, commitment and compassion they have demonstrated.
“Council teams will now be working hard to make the site safe and bring the highway back into use as quickly as possible. Our residents’ support point has provided a useful focus for people’s queries and will remain on site to help ensure that help and advice is readily available.
“We will do whatever we can to help people living in the area recover from this dreadful incident and move forward as a community.”
For more information and regular updates visit www.leicester.gov.uk/hinckleyroad