Time window announced for Didcot A Power station towers demolition

Time window announced for Didcot A Power station towers demolition

Time window announced for Didcot A Power station towers demolition

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A TIME has been set for the demolition of the Didcot A Power Station towers.

The three towers will be demolished between 3am and 5am on Sunday, July 27.

RWE npower has said the early start is because of safety checks, weather and road closures.

David Buckle, chief executive of South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils, said: “Didcot Power Station is a landmark of huge importance for people around here, offering a real sense of location and local identity.

“It’s therefore very disappointing that the demolition of the first set of towers will take place at such an early hour, meaning that many, including children and many adults who have only known Didcot with the towers, will not be able to witness this historic occasion.

“I will be asking RWE npower whether they are prepared to have another look at this.”

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3:13pm Fri 27 Jun 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

not too bothered about waking up south oxfordshire @ 3am then a***holes.

Not to imagine all the dogs, pets, chickens, livestock, babies, children etc that will be sleeping at that time of the day as well.

Disgusting decision by nPower.
not too bothered about waking up south oxfordshire @ 3am then a***holes. Not to imagine all the dogs, pets, chickens, livestock, babies, children etc that will be sleeping at that time of the day as well. Disgusting decision by nPower. yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: 25

4:18pm Fri 27 Jun 14

EMBOX2 says...

Yeah this is not good PR. It should be a spectacle for the locals, to say thank you for living with the station for so long.

Think again, RWE...
Yeah this is not good PR. It should be a spectacle for the locals, to say thank you for living with the station for so long. Think again, RWE... EMBOX2
  • Score: 24

4:24pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Quentin Walker says...

These towers have been paid for by the public via energy bills. RWE nPower is merely the custodian. It is arrogance in the extreme the way nPower is acting regarding the demolition.
These towers have been paid for by the public via energy bills. RWE nPower is merely the custodian. It is arrogance in the extreme the way nPower is acting regarding the demolition. Quentin Walker
  • Score: 17

4:30pm Fri 27 Jun 14

MattRichards says...

There are thousands of people that would like to see this including my 5 yr old. It's ludicrous that they are doing this in the middle if the night. It's on a Sunday doing it at 7 or 8 will still minimise disruption and please a lot of people that can watch this not just locally as you can see the towers from 40 miles away.
There are thousands of people that would like to see this including my 5 yr old. It's ludicrous that they are doing this in the middle if the night. It's on a Sunday doing it at 7 or 8 will still minimise disruption and please a lot of people that can watch this not just locally as you can see the towers from 40 miles away. MattRichards
  • Score: 35

5:26pm Fri 27 Jun 14

the wizard says...

This may have come from the Police who may have concerns over crowd management and parked cars causing all sorts of chaos. Also they may be considering the dust cloud cloud and the havoc that may cause, and the dangers to spectators the dust may cause. There cannot be too many vantage points which are close by and considered safe, sadly. I don't see how they can accurately cite weather that far in advance.
This may have come from the Police who may have concerns over crowd management and parked cars causing all sorts of chaos. Also they may be considering the dust cloud cloud and the havoc that may cause, and the dangers to spectators the dust may cause. There cannot be too many vantage points which are close by and considered safe, sadly. I don't see how they can accurately cite weather that far in advance. the wizard
  • Score: -9

7:54pm Fri 27 Jun 14

bobsmith61 says...

For all those moaning about the time just go along and watch if you are that interested. It's not meant as a tourist attraction it's the blowing up of a few bits of concrete.

There will be people sleeping at whatever time it's on, I imagine you're all the sort that slows down on motorways to look at accidents.
For all those moaning about the time just go along and watch if you are that interested. It's not meant as a tourist attraction it's the blowing up of a few bits of concrete. There will be people sleeping at whatever time it's on, I imagine you're all the sort that slows down on motorways to look at accidents. bobsmith61
  • Score: -12

8:19pm Fri 27 Jun 14

piper2011 says...

have npower applied for permission to make such an amount of noise during the night ? if i blew something up at 3 in the morning the council would be down on me like a tonne of bricks (no pun intended)
have npower applied for permission to make such an amount of noise during the night ? if i blew something up at 3 in the morning the council would be down on me like a tonne of bricks (no pun intended) piper2011
  • Score: 6

9:34pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Megs says...

On balance, this seems a suitable decision. Yes, the noise might disturb the slumbers of locals; but at least it should deter huge numbers turning up, as threatened. This would be just as sleep depriving, the local road infrastructure would not cope and there is nowhere to park. The alternative might be to close roads for a specific distance around the site. However, this would probably be impractical and I doubt there would be enough police to enforce it, or local taxpayers cash to fund it. I suspect the most spectacular views, if the weather is clear and it takes place towards 5am would be from the surrounding hills. Those really keen to see the demolition could make their way there. As to the comment that users paid for the power station through their electricity bills, the capital investment was made, ultimately, by the British taxpayer. Finally, the councillor who wants to make a fuss about it should spare a thought for the small, immediately local, communities, that would have to put up with a Sunday morning invasion if the demolition time was any later.
On balance, this seems a suitable decision. Yes, the noise might disturb the slumbers of locals; but at least it should deter huge numbers turning up, as threatened. This would be just as sleep depriving, the local road infrastructure would not cope and there is nowhere to park. The alternative might be to close roads for a specific distance around the site. However, this would probably be impractical and I doubt there would be enough police to enforce it, or local taxpayers cash to fund it. I suspect the most spectacular views, if the weather is clear and it takes place towards 5am would be from the surrounding hills. Those really keen to see the demolition could make their way there. As to the comment that users paid for the power station through their electricity bills, the capital investment was made, ultimately, by the British taxpayer. Finally, the councillor who wants to make a fuss about it should spare a thought for the small, immediately local, communities, that would have to put up with a Sunday morning invasion if the demolition time was any later. Megs
  • Score: -7

9:49pm Fri 27 Jun 14

MrsVBB says...

Change the time.
Change the time. MrsVBB
  • Score: 8

10:12pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Car 67 says...

It's the demolition crew who make the decision on when to blow it up not Npower, they have the experience of people trying to get close enough to get the perfect spot for their smart-phone video. And can you imagine how crowded Great Western Park would get if it was done during normal hours.
It's the demolition crew who make the decision on when to blow it up not Npower, they have the experience of people trying to get close enough to get the perfect spot for their smart-phone video. And can you imagine how crowded Great Western Park would get if it was done during normal hours. Car 67
  • Score: 0

1:18am Sat 28 Jun 14

OxonResident says...

I suppose they give a generic time of 3am-5am because they know people won't want to stand out in the cold for 2 hours in the middle of the night waiting for it. Sunrise on July 27th is at 5:20am. More than likely the demolition will occur during darkness or at best twilight. I'm not sure we'll be able to see much of the demolition unless at a close vantage point and it is artificially lit up especially for the occasion.

It is a tough decision, with a daytime demolition likely to attract huge numbers of spectators, which may cause major congestion and disruption.
I suppose they give a generic time of 3am-5am because they know people won't want to stand out in the cold for 2 hours in the middle of the night waiting for it. Sunrise on July 27th is at 5:20am. More than likely the demolition will occur during darkness or at best twilight. I'm not sure we'll be able to see much of the demolition unless at a close vantage point and it is artificially lit up especially for the occasion. It is a tough decision, with a daytime demolition likely to attract huge numbers of spectators, which may cause major congestion and disruption. OxonResident
  • Score: -3

10:23am Sat 28 Jun 14

Thomas O Malley says...

This isnt just a few rubber necking tourists. The towers are part of every local person's life. Children have been talking about this and waiting for the day to be announced for more than two years. It is a real community event.
We see the Towers every day and they are a landmark in our lives. Trying to prevent us seeing them blown up is truly the act of miserable killjoys. RWE. the police, Railtrack and everyone one involved should think again.

What ever time they chose people will come to watch. Do it in the dark and they will have to come closer and not watch from further away, causing more disruption near the site. At 3 am it is likely some will still be drunk from the night before and accidents will be more likely. A really, really stupid decision.
This isnt just a few rubber necking tourists. The towers are part of every local person's life. Children have been talking about this and waiting for the day to be announced for more than two years. It is a real community event. We see the Towers every day and they are a landmark in our lives. Trying to prevent us seeing them blown up is truly the act of miserable killjoys. RWE. the police, Railtrack and everyone one involved should think again. What ever time they chose people will come to watch. Do it in the dark and they will have to come closer and not watch from further away, causing more disruption near the site. At 3 am it is likely some will still be drunk from the night before and accidents will be more likely. A really, really stupid decision. Thomas O Malley
  • Score: 12

11:30am Sat 28 Jun 14

CtrlAltTab says...

If I am to hear a loud explosion at between 3AM & 5AM, 999 will get a phone call, and I am sure that the 999 phone lines will be clogged that morning!
If I am to hear a loud explosion at between 3AM & 5AM, 999 will get a phone call, and I am sure that the 999 phone lines will be clogged that morning! CtrlAltTab
  • Score: 0

1:48am Mon 30 Jun 14

Neonlights says...

CtrlAltTab wrote:
If I am to hear a loud explosion at between 3AM & 5AM, 999 will get a phone call, and I am sure that the 999 phone lines will be clogged that morning!
Calling 999 when you you've been told in advance of the time of the demolition is an irresponsible thing to do.

Yes, granted there will be some numpties that will still do it, but don't add to the numpty list yourself.

Keep the 999 lines free for REAL emergencies.
[quote][p][bold]CtrlAltTab[/bold] wrote: If I am to hear a loud explosion at between 3AM & 5AM, 999 will get a phone call, and I am sure that the 999 phone lines will be clogged that morning![/p][/quote]Calling 999 when you you've been told in advance of the time of the demolition is an irresponsible thing to do. Yes, granted there will be some numpties that will still do it, but don't add to the numpty list yourself. Keep the 999 lines free for REAL emergencies. Neonlights
  • Score: 0

1:49am Mon 30 Jun 14

Neonlights says...

CtrlAltTab wrote:
If I am to hear a loud explosion at between 3AM & 5AM, 999 will get a phone call, and I am sure that the 999 phone lines will be clogged that morning!
Calling 999 when you you've been told in advance of the time of the demolition is an irresponsible thing to do.

Yes, granted there will be some numpties that will still do it, but don't add to the numpty list yourself.

Keep the 999 lines free for REAL emergencies.
[quote][p][bold]CtrlAltTab[/bold] wrote: If I am to hear a loud explosion at between 3AM & 5AM, 999 will get a phone call, and I am sure that the 999 phone lines will be clogged that morning![/p][/quote]Calling 999 when you you've been told in advance of the time of the demolition is an irresponsible thing to do. Yes, granted there will be some numpties that will still do it, but don't add to the numpty list yourself. Keep the 999 lines free for REAL emergencies. Neonlights
  • Score: 2

7:43am Mon 30 Jun 14

## Nonny Mouse ## says...

Asking them to reschedule it because you can't be bothered to get out of bed is not a good enough reason.

We asked for a timeframe, we got one. The window given will filter out the wheat from the chaff, so I welcome it.
Asking them to reschedule it because you can't be bothered to get out of bed is not a good enough reason. We asked for a timeframe, we got one. The window given will filter out the wheat from the chaff, so I welcome it. ## Nonny Mouse ##
  • Score: 2

8:18pm Wed 2 Jul 14

StaceyHume says...

Neonlights wrote:
CtrlAltTab wrote:
If I am to hear a loud explosion at between 3AM & 5AM, 999 will get a phone call, and I am sure that the 999 phone lines will be clogged that morning!
Calling 999 when you you've been told in advance of the time of the demolition is an irresponsible thing to do.

Yes, granted there will be some numpties that will still do it, but don't add to the numpty list yourself.

Keep the 999 lines free for REAL emergencies.
Most of the time they don't attend anyway..
[quote][p][bold]Neonlights[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CtrlAltTab[/bold] wrote: If I am to hear a loud explosion at between 3AM & 5AM, 999 will get a phone call, and I am sure that the 999 phone lines will be clogged that morning![/p][/quote]Calling 999 when you you've been told in advance of the time of the demolition is an irresponsible thing to do. Yes, granted there will be some numpties that will still do it, but don't add to the numpty list yourself. Keep the 999 lines free for REAL emergencies.[/p][/quote]Most of the time they don't attend anyway.. StaceyHume
  • Score: 0

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