Work be­gins to pull down ga­some­ters

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH -

WORK has started to pull down the town’s iconic gas­works.

Love them or hate them, the gash­old­ers on Black Lane have be­come a well-recog­nised fea­ture of the town - loom­ing over Macclesfield for more than a hun­dred years.

But now en­gi­neers have started work to pull them down for good.

Work­ers on cherry pick­ers have started prepara­tory work and the first pieces have come down. Tom Mel­lor, from Na­tional Grid, said: “We’ve started work to­day and it will be a care­ful process to bring down the gash­old­ers piece by piece.

“To­day we’ve got cherry pick­ers up there test­ing and the gash­old­ers will come down grad­u­ally over the com­ing days.”

It’s care­ful work af­ter the struc­tures stored nat­u­ral gas which pro­vided power to thou­sands of homes across Macclesfield.

The con­trac­tors will care­fully dis­man­tle the orig­i­nal tower - built in 1899 - and the sec­ond gash­older, which was built in 1925 and sits be­low ground, will be filled in, to clear the site for de­vel­op­ment.

The cleared land has been iden­ti­fied as a site suit­able for em­ploy­ment uses in the coun­cil’s pro­posed Lo­cal Plan.

En­gi­neers start work to re­move the gash­old­ers at Black Lane in Macclesfield

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