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5:10pm 5 June 2019

The road closures around Shedden Hill and the Hotel have now started to reduce but some are still in place:

  • Shedden Hill - the closure has now been moved further up the hill to just past Appleby's and a full closure to vehicles and pedestrians is in place to Croft Road. This closure is likely to continue for a number of days
  • Tor Hill Road - closure is still on at the turning into Abbey Road
  • St. Lukes Road - to remain closed at the junction with Abbey Road.
  • The restrictions on Croft Road and Warren Road have been lifted.

Shedden Hill car park is now accessible but we will be cordoning off a small number of car parking spaces, mainly the spaces on the right side just below the site of the hotel. This is for safety reasons following advice from Engineers.

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service​ has now left the site and our Building Control team are meeting with the Loss Adjustor to discuss the next steps for the building.

4:45pm - Latest update from the site

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service has reduced the number of crews on site but a couple of appliances still remain to continue damping down.

When the Fire Service has confirmed it is safe to do so the residents who were displaced from the building next door will be able to return, apart from one. This is due to part of their living area being right next to the site. This tenant has been found other accommodation until it is safe for them to return.

Building Control remains on site and will be working with the Fire Service to ensure the building is safe and the road right outside can re-open. This may take some days.

Road closures

  • Sheddon Hill - remains closed but when the Fire Service leaves the restriction will be moved up past Applebys.
  • Tor Hill Road - the left hand turn into Abbey Road remains closed.
  • St. Lukes Road - to remain closed at the junction with Abbey Road.
  • Croft Road - still closed at Croft Hill but when the Fire Service leaves this will be lifted but there will be no access to Shedden Hill.
  • Warren Road - now open.

1:20pm

All road closures are still in place (see below for the roads affected) and will be for some time.

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service are damping down and working with our Building Control Officers to survey the hotel and to work out the next steps to make the building safe.

Our Housing Options team are also working with the landlord of the property next door as the occupiers had to leave due to the fire. They are currently being looked after in a local hotel and it is hoped the majority of them will be able to return to their homes later today.

Road closures still in place:

  • Shedden Hill - closed completely - traffic can either turn left up Belgrave Road or along the seafront towards the Harbour.
  • Warren Road - closed at the junction of Warren Hill
  • St. Lukes Road - closed at the junction with Abbey Road
  • Croft Road - closed from the junction with Croft Hill
  • Abbey Road - no left turn into Abbey Road from Tor Hill Road, traffic being diverted towards town.

10:30am Update

Due to the large blaze at the site of Shedden Hall Hotel there are a number of road closures in place. These currently include:

  • Shedden Hill - closed completely - traffic can either turn left up Belgrave Road or along the seafront towards the Harbour.
  • Warren Road - closed at the junction of Warren Hill
  • St. Lukes Road - closed at the junction with Abbey Road
  • Croft Road - closed from the junction with Croft Hill
  • Abbey Road - no left turn into Abbey Road from Tor Hill Road, traffic being diverted towards town.

These roads are likely to be closed for some time so please bear this in mind when travelling around the seafront and town centre area of Torquay.

Our Emergency Planning Officers, Building Control and Highways are all on site and as soon as we have any further information we will share here.

As you would expect, to enable the services on site to do their job, please refrain from walking near the Shedden Hill area. Also, if you live nearby or own a business that is currently downwind from the fire, the advice from the team on site is to keep all doors and windows closed.


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