Demolition day agreed for historic Fenland chimneys
- Credit: Terry Harris
Demolition experts have agreed that May 21 at 10am will be the moment two 85m tall, historic chimneys at former brickworks come down.
An exclusion zone will be in place to enable nitro-glycerine explosive charges to be laid.
Five minutes prior to demolition explosive engineers will sound a warning – two short klaxon blasts.
Immediately prior to demolition they will sound a final warning – third short klaxon blas Following demolition the engineer will check the site and will sound an All Clear – 10 second klaxon sound
Residents living near the chimneys – at Whittlesey – were told that “other than the sound of the chimneys being demolished the demolition will not have any adverse impact outside of Saxon Pit”.
You may also want to watch:
Contractors say they have been liaising with local graziers “who are all happy with the proposal and timescale”.
The county council has been assured that spectators will be kept well clear.
- 1 Burglary tip-off unearths £1.38m cannabis 'factory'
- 2 Dogs 'whining and crying' claims kennels objector
- 3 Stabbing victim a 'fun loving guy who enjoyed life to the full'
- 4 Warner Bros spotted filming new Batman movie at Burghley House
- 5 Two appear in court for murder after victim dies from 2006 assault
- 6 Teenager’s motocross bike stolen in ‘violent assault and robbery’
- 7 Police catch illegal anglers in Fenland
- 8 Knife wielding teenager who terrorised family jailed for seven years
- 9 ‘King of Salvage’ YouTuber buys ex-Cambridgeshire criminal’s supercar
- 10 Wimblington murder probe: first photo of victim
The explosives company will ensure people stay outside an exclusion zone prior to detonation.
A structural survey recommended that the chimneys could be demolished on safety grounds.
Historic England says the Saxon pit has been serving brickworks for over 100 years “and the chimneys are iconic on the skyline, representing a long-standing industry in the area”.
It is expected that a photographic record of the chimneys prior to, during and following demolition will be made for future generations to consider.