U-turn on tower demolition invite

Didcot Power Station

Didcot Power Station

First published in News

A DEVELOPER has told people they are no longer invited to watch the demolition of Didcot power station cooling towers from a nearby housing estate.

Taylor Wimpey was planning to offer the public a viewing area at Great Western Park, off the A4130, to watch the demolition of three of the six Didcot A cooling towers between 3am and 5am.

But yesterday the company said it had changed its mind following advice from demolition contractors about the danger of dust from the explosion.

Regional sales and marketing director Darren McCormack said: “Given the proximity of Great Western Park to the cooling towers, we have been unable to secure the necessary assurances from the demolition experts that our site would make a safe viewing area.

“Whilst the development is outside the 300m exclusion zone set by the demolition team, the risk that significant amounts of dust might be blown over the area cannot be discounted.”

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8:09am Wed 23 Jul 14

Geoff Roberts says...

Yet people have to live with pollution from roads every day.
Yet people have to live with pollution from roads every day. Geoff Roberts
  • Score: 10

8:37am Wed 23 Jul 14

livid99 says...

There are plenty of places to watch this event.
Despite the best efforts of RWE Npower and now Taylor Wimpey to prevent the people of Didcot watching this, there are likely to be huge numbers coming out to see the end of an era.
The mean spirited nature of these large companies is astonishing. This is a big part of the history of our town, but they think they can tell us to ******* stay at home !
There are plenty of places to watch this event. Despite the best efforts of RWE Npower and now Taylor Wimpey to prevent the people of Didcot watching this, there are likely to be huge numbers coming out to see the end of an era. The mean spirited nature of these large companies is astonishing. This is a big part of the history of our town, but they think they can tell us to ******* stay at home ! livid99
  • Score: 22

8:38am Wed 23 Jul 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

There will be dust whether people are there to watch it or not, it won't simply disappear because no-one is looking. Surely its an individuals choice if they want to risk getting covered in it. The whole thing has turned into a typical pathetic farce.
There will be dust whether people are there to watch it or not, it won't simply disappear because no-one is looking. Surely its an individuals choice if they want to risk getting covered in it. The whole thing has turned into a typical pathetic farce. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: 25

8:45am Wed 23 Jul 14

livid99 says...

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
There will be dust whether people are there to watch it or not, it won't simply disappear because no-one is looking. Surely its an individuals choice if they want to risk getting covered in it. The whole thing has turned into a typical pathetic farce.
Exactly !
[quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: There will be dust whether people are there to watch it or not, it won't simply disappear because no-one is looking. Surely its an individuals choice if they want to risk getting covered in it. The whole thing has turned into a typical pathetic farce.[/p][/quote]Exactly ! livid99
  • Score: 6

9:29am Wed 23 Jul 14

tinsel84 says...

As far as I am aware, Great Western Park is not a private road. Enshrined in Common Law is a right to assemble peacefully by the highway. I'm pretty sure that Taylor / Wimpy do not have any authority to tell people that they can or can't go onto Great Western Drive.
As far as I am aware, Great Western Park is not a private road. Enshrined in Common Law is a right to assemble peacefully by the highway. I'm pretty sure that Taylor / Wimpy do not have any authority to tell people that they can or can't go onto Great Western Drive. tinsel84
  • Score: 15

9:53am Wed 23 Jul 14

the trooth says...

Stand on the footbridge by the train station car park. Or Foxhall bridge.
Stand on the footbridge by the train station car park. Or Foxhall bridge. the trooth
  • Score: 11

11:07am Wed 23 Jul 14

Ralph Jolly says...

tinsel84 wrote:
As far as I am aware, Great Western Park is not a private road. Enshrined in Common Law is a right to assemble peacefully by the highway. I'm pretty sure that Taylor / Wimpy do not have any authority to tell people that they can or can't go onto Great Western Drive.
Great western Parks' roads are not currently adopted by the council so are private property. The link road from Milton to Didcot will be closed and Great Western Park will be out of bounds to non-residents.
[quote][p][bold]tinsel84[/bold] wrote: As far as I am aware, Great Western Park is not a private road. Enshrined in Common Law is a right to assemble peacefully by the highway. I'm pretty sure that Taylor / Wimpy do not have any authority to tell people that they can or can't go onto Great Western Drive.[/p][/quote]Great western Parks' roads are not currently adopted by the council so are private property. The link road from Milton to Didcot will be closed and Great Western Park will be out of bounds to non-residents. Ralph Jolly
  • Score: 2

12:36pm Wed 23 Jul 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

Ralph Jolly wrote:
tinsel84 wrote:
As far as I am aware, Great Western Park is not a private road. Enshrined in Common Law is a right to assemble peacefully by the highway. I'm pretty sure that Taylor / Wimpy do not have any authority to tell people that they can or can't go onto Great Western Drive.
Great western Parks' roads are not currently adopted by the council so are private property. The link road from Milton to Didcot will be closed and Great Western Park will be out of bounds to non-residents.
So we live in a police state then??
[quote][p][bold]Ralph Jolly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tinsel84[/bold] wrote: As far as I am aware, Great Western Park is not a private road. Enshrined in Common Law is a right to assemble peacefully by the highway. I'm pretty sure that Taylor / Wimpy do not have any authority to tell people that they can or can't go onto Great Western Drive.[/p][/quote]Great western Parks' roads are not currently adopted by the council so are private property. The link road from Milton to Didcot will be closed and Great Western Park will be out of bounds to non-residents.[/p][/quote]So we live in a police state then?? yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: -1

12:41pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Ralph Jolly says...

yabbadabbadoo256 wrote:
Ralph Jolly wrote:
tinsel84 wrote:
As far as I am aware, Great Western Park is not a private road. Enshrined in Common Law is a right to assemble peacefully by the highway. I'm pretty sure that Taylor / Wimpy do not have any authority to tell people that they can or can't go onto Great Western Drive.
Great western Parks' roads are not currently adopted by the council so are private property. The link road from Milton to Didcot will be closed and Great Western Park will be out of bounds to non-residents.
So we live in a police state then??
So we live in a police state then??


Er, completely, haven't you noticed? The police aren't there to protect the public anymore they protect business/royality/po
liticians from the public. And MI5/MI6/GCHQ have been spying on us for years.
[quote][p][bold]yabbadabbadoo256[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ralph Jolly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tinsel84[/bold] wrote: As far as I am aware, Great Western Park is not a private road. Enshrined in Common Law is a right to assemble peacefully by the highway. I'm pretty sure that Taylor / Wimpy do not have any authority to tell people that they can or can't go onto Great Western Drive.[/p][/quote]Great western Parks' roads are not currently adopted by the council so are private property. The link road from Milton to Didcot will be closed and Great Western Park will be out of bounds to non-residents.[/p][/quote]So we live in a police state then??[/p][/quote][quote]So we live in a police state then??[/quote] Er, completely, haven't you noticed? The police aren't there to protect the public anymore they protect business/royality/po liticians from the public. And MI5/MI6/GCHQ have been spying on us for years. Ralph Jolly
  • Score: 3

1:10pm Wed 23 Jul 14

StaceyHume says...

Rumour has it that roads are being closed from about 11.30 pm on Saturday so if you're planning on being anywhere near the Great Western Development then plan to get in some other way. Oh and don't forget your ID and a utility bills for the last 3 months..
Rumour has it that roads are being closed from about 11.30 pm on Saturday so if you're planning on being anywhere near the Great Western Development then plan to get in some other way. Oh and don't forget your ID and a utility bills for the last 3 months.. StaceyHume
  • Score: 9

5:17pm Wed 23 Jul 14

andy1975 says...

OK so they can close the road into GWP, but are they actually going to stop people walking there?
OK so they can close the road into GWP, but are they actually going to stop people walking there? andy1975
  • Score: 2

5:18pm Wed 23 Jul 14

harwellian says...

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
There will be dust whether people are there to watch it or not, it won't simply disappear because no-one is looking. Surely its an individuals choice if they want to risk getting covered in it. The whole thing has turned into a typical pathetic farce.
The statement by the contractors does not make sense. If they are worried about the dust, why is it safe for the residents, their properties and vehicles being covered in dust and debris?
This is not a logical argument unless they now intend to evacuate all residents, which they do not. If the 300m exclusion zone is now not considered enough, then I would query the whole safety evaluation. To say that this has been very poorly handled is an understatement, and a PR disaster for RWE Npower. Why on earth did they seem to think that thousands of local people would not be interested or want to see this event is beyond me.
[quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: There will be dust whether people are there to watch it or not, it won't simply disappear because no-one is looking. Surely its an individuals choice if they want to risk getting covered in it. The whole thing has turned into a typical pathetic farce.[/p][/quote]The statement by the contractors does not make sense. If they are worried about the dust, why is it safe for the residents, their properties and vehicles being covered in dust and debris? This is not a logical argument unless they now intend to evacuate all residents, which they do not. If the 300m exclusion zone is now not considered enough, then I would query the whole safety evaluation. To say that this has been very poorly handled is an understatement, and a PR disaster for RWE Npower. Why on earth did they seem to think that thousands of local people would not be interested or want to see this event is beyond me. harwellian
  • Score: 10

8:33am Fri 25 Jul 14

the wizard says...

If the roads are being closed before midnight then they may well go ahead early giving themselves more time to clear up and at the same time avoid all the risk of people getting covered in dust etc. Calling a bluff and getting away with it given the public want to indulge in this. RWE are French and does anyone really think they care, not in the least. The scrap value being realized from this site probably exceeds a couple of years of operating profit, but without the overheads.

Public money funded the building of Didcot A and the money from it is now going back to France, gift wrapped by Thatcher when she sold off national assets at a throw away price.

I'll be surprised if the demolition goes ahead at the published time given the public indulgence in the matter and concerns by the Police who have obviously put pressure on Wimpeys to close their site as a viewing platform, hmmmmmmm Health and Safety rule, every time, and with them you are guilty as charged until proven innocent. Look it up.
If the roads are being closed before midnight then they may well go ahead early giving themselves more time to clear up and at the same time avoid all the risk of people getting covered in dust etc. Calling a bluff and getting away with it given the public want to indulge in this. RWE are French and does anyone really think they care, not in the least. The scrap value being realized from this site probably exceeds a couple of years of operating profit, but without the overheads. Public money funded the building of Didcot A and the money from it is now going back to France, gift wrapped by Thatcher when she sold off national assets at a throw away price. I'll be surprised if the demolition goes ahead at the published time given the public indulgence in the matter and concerns by the Police who have obviously put pressure on Wimpeys to close their site as a viewing platform, hmmmmmmm Health and Safety rule, every time, and with them you are guilty as charged until proven innocent. Look it up. the wizard
  • Score: 0

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