A city centre road is set to reopen within the next few hours.

North Street, in Brighton, is expected to open at 4pm today after being closed for three days.

Brighton and Hove City Council closed the road between Queen's Road and Portland Street after the Boots' roof became unstable during the high winds of Storm Kathleen.

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A cordon was put in place and motorists were diverted.

Pedestrians also had to find alternative routes.

Businesses inside the cordon, including Popeyes, remained closed for safety reasons.

Scaffolding was put up around the building yesterday and the council said it has been liaising with Boots and their advisors over the works.

Councillor Trevor Muten, chairman of the transport and sustainability committee, said on Thursday: “The strong winds during Storm Kathleen earlier this week have caused damage to Boots roof requiring the closure of North Street in order to undertake urgent repairs.  

“We’ve stressed to Boots the urgency of these repairs and of re-opening the roads affected for pedestrians, bus passengers and businesses.”