Osborne Road reopened after scaffold drama

Police at the scene of the damaged scaffolding in Osborne Rd in Southsea.  PICTURE: Clare Semke
Police at the scene of the damaged scaffolding in Osborne Rd in Southsea. PICTURE: Clare Semke

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Police reopened a major Southsea road today after it was closed amid fears that scaffolding would collapse

The drama happened in Osborne Road as bad weather caused problems across the area. Police were alerted when scaffolding around Isabelle Court, a disused building on the opposite side to the Debenhams department store at the junction of Portland Road, became loose.

A police spokesman said: ‘Osborne Road was closed in both directions because scaffolding and corrugated sheets were hanging from a building. The building company was called at 8.06am and workmen were on the scene within 20 minutes.’

Police said that it was believed high winds had caused the problem.

Workers made the scaffolding safe and the road was reopened by police at 9am.

Roger Torah, owner of Southstreet Builders Ltd, which is carrying out work on Isabelle Court, said: ‘It has been fixed.

‘There was a sheet that had slipped down and become dislodged because of the wind.

‘We had a call from the police at about 8am. The police saw it sensible to close the road and the issue has since been corrected.

‘There was no damage to the building.’