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Scaffolding collapses and two major fires - what IS going wrong at One Station Hill?

Greyfriars Road cordoned off by police to allow rescue operations to take place during the Station Hill development fire in Reading on Thursday, November 23. Credit: James Aldridge, Local Democracy Reporting Service
Greyfriars Road cordoned off by police to allow rescue operations to take place during the Station Hill development fire in Reading on Thursday, November 23. Credit: James Aldridge, Local Democracy Reporting Service

FOUR - that is the number of people who have been injured in three serious incidents since the £750million One Station Hill skyscraper project began.

Two were injured after scaffolding collapsed in 2019 while two were pulled from safety by a crane after the building went up in flames for the second time in five months last week.

It was a miracle no one died - and down to the quick actions of a handful of people not least crane driver Glen Edwards, 54, who managed to keep calm and pull one man to safety.

But what on earth is going on at this building site? Residents will rightly be concerned about safety of those working there as well as those who live and work nearby.

The Chronicle welcomes the news that the Health and Safety Executive has launched an investigation but feels the developer must be held accountable and as a start, should answer the 11 questions this newspaper has put to them on behalf of the public.