Didcot's landscape will be changed forever when the power station's three remaining cooling towers are demolished next summer.

Oxford Mail:

Thousands of people gathered at vantage points to see the first three of the six 325ft cooling towers blown up during the early hours of Sunday, July 27, 2014.

Now energy company RWE has confirmed it has a timetable for the demolition of the three remaining, northern cooling towers and chimney in summer 2019.

The last three towers were due to be demolished in 2016 but the collapse of part of the boiler house, which killed four workers, delayed the timetable.

Workers Ken Cresswell, 57, John Shaw, 61, both from Rotherham, Michael Collings, 53, from Teesside, and Christopher Huxtable, 34, from Swansea, died in the collapse and Thames Valley Police and Health and Safety Executive investigations are continuing.

RWE Generation South East spokeswoman Kelly Nye said: "Following completion of Unit 3 & 4 boiler clearance, Didcot A Power Station site returned to sole control of RWE at the end of March this year.

"We will continue to give our full cooperation to the police and HSE in their on-going investigations into the Didcot A building collapse.

"With our contractor, we have agreed a demolition plan for the remainder of the Didcot A power station site which includes demolition of the northern cooling towers and chimney.

"The programme for this year will also involve the clearance of all low-level buildings, disposal and recycling of demolition materials and making the site safe for future use.

"Explosive demolition of the cooling towers and chimney is planned for summer 2019 and we therefore anticipate full demolition of the Didcot A site to be completed by the end of next year."

Ms Nye said the precise date of demolition would be revealed nearer the time and would depend on consultation with local authorities and other stakeholders, including gas-fire Didcot B power station.

Coal-fired Didcot A closed in March 2013 following the European Union’s Large Combustion Plant Directive aimed at reducing emissions from old fossil-fuel powered plants.

Thousands of people gathered the following summer to watch the demolition during the early hours of the first three cooling towers.

Oxford Mail:

Oxford Mail:

In February, two years on from the boiler house tragedy, town councillors in Didcot gathered to pay their respects to those who lost their lives.

Town mayor Bill Service said: "When the towers come down this time there won't be the same air of excitement.

"I think it will be quite a sombre atmosphere when you consider what happened with the boiler house collapse - that was a terrible tragedy.

"But now summer 2019 has been announced as a date for demolition people in the town will start thinking about where they can watch it.

"There will be a good vantage point on the Ladygrove estate and I will make sure I am there this time because I missed the last demolition of the cooling towers - I had to watch it on YouTube."