Man hit by falling masonry says Gloucester is 'falling down around us'
UNLUCKY Nicholas Potter was hit on the head by a piece of falling masonry from a building in Commercial Road.
The 55-year-old needed hospital treatment for cuts to his head.
He said: "I was just walking along on my way home when bits of the building crumbled away and hit me on the head.
"It knocked me to the floor. I was shocked. Imagine if that had been a young mum with a pram. It could have been a lot, lot worse, but you only need to look around Gloucester to see the state of some of our buildings. Gloucester is crumbling and falling down around us."
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On Wednesday, part of The Cross had to be closed off with barriers because masonry had fallen from a building.
And there are fears for the future of Greyfriars as conservationists this week cordoned off the historic remains of the early Tudor friary church.
Debbie Hickman, spokeswoman for English Heritage, which manages the site off Southgate Street, said: "We hope to visit the site next week to arrange a detailed survey of the remains to determine how much defective stone there is.
"It may be necessary to fence off the entire site until repairs can be safely made."
A Gloucester City Council spokesman said: "We set aside £60,000 grant funding each year for properties within conservation areas, to date Eastgate Street, Barton Street and Southgate Street have been targeted."