Edinburgh masonry

Edinburgh masonry

City cleans up its act for best ever rating

THE Capital's streets are getting cleaner and that's official.

Over-sized flag blamed for Assembly stone fall

AN over-sized flag was today blamed for a large chunk of masonry falling 65 feet from the Church of Scotland's General Assembly Hall, just hours before Prince Andrew, First Minister Alex Salmond and Lord Provost George Grubb walked underneath.

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Prince and Alex dodge masonry by only hours

A LARGE chunk of masonry fell from a tower at the front entrance of the Church of Scotland's General Assembly Hall, only hours before Prince Andrew, First Minister Alex Salmond and Lord Provost George Grubb passed underneath.

No action on railings that killed pensioner

LETHAL railings which killed an Edinburgh pensioner have still not been removed six weeks after the accident.

Crumbling city high school is deemed 'not fit for purpose'

SCHOOL governors are demanding decaying James Gillespie's High is rebuilt, claiming council officials have told them most of the school buildings are "not fit for purpose".

£1.1m lottery cash for crumbling churches

NINE Scottish churches, from Edinburgh to Lerwick, have won a total of £1.1 million in lottery grants to save stained-glass windows, restore crumbling masonry and repair roofs, it was announced yesterday.

Flat-owners in Scotland's ageing tenement blocks must act now

FOR more than a century, a Bruntsfield tenement in Edinburgh - and its Hillhead equivalent in Glasgow - have been the property of choice for many aspiring residents within both cities. Even today, with more market choice than ever, they remain extremely popular with middle-class house-buyers looking for spacious, solid properties set in an agreeable neighbourhood within easy reach of the city centre.

£50,000 bills for tenement repairs

FLAT owners and small businesses face bills of £50,000 each after their crumbling tenement building was declared unsafe by the council.

Tenement work costs owners £50,000 each

FLAT owners and small businesses are facing bills of £50,000 each after their crumbling tenement building was declared unsafe by the council.

Scaffolding firm faces fresh probe after second collapse

THE scaffolding firm involved in a near-fatal accident in the Capital is facing a fresh investigation after a second of its structures collapsed.

Workers hurt as historic Portobello kiln collapses

A MAN was taken to hospital today with head injuries after the 100-year-old Portobello kiln he was working to restore collapsed.

Owners of crumbling buildings facing £500 survey payments

OWNERS of crumbling properties face having to pay £500 every five years to have their homes surveyed as part of a crackdown on unsafe buildings in the Capital.

Masonry collapse costs hotel £300k

A HOTEL in the Capital has been hit with a repair bill of more than £300,000 after a huge lump of masonry fell from its roof.

Woman hit on head by falling masonry

A WOMAN was taken to hospital yesterday after she was struck by masonry that fell from about 30ft on to an East Lothian high street.

Stone me! Lucky escape after rock smashes car windscreen

A MUM had a lucky escape when a plummeting stone from a railway bridge smashed into her car.

Free advice to homeowners

A SPECIAL event offering free advice for homeowners in the Capital is being lined up by the city council.

Lucky escape as rock smashes into taxi

A TAXI driver today told of his lucky escape after a huge boulder fell from Edinburgh's Castle Rock and smashed into his vehicle.

Asking owners to self-assess is a risky business

SIX years after the tragic death of waitress Christine Foster the city has yet to fully get to grips with tackling the problem of crumbling buildings and subsequent masonry falls, which alarmingly still occur almost every second day. It is more down to good luck than good judgement that there have been no further fatalities.

Probe after masonry falls from hotel roof

ENGINEERS were today inspecting a city hotel to discover why huge chunks of masonry fell 30ft from the Georgian building on to the pavement below.

Scaffolding goes after 9-year fight

SCAFFOLDING around a listed building has finally been removed after a wrangle over who would pay for repairs led to it remaining for nearly nine years.

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