‘We’ll have a lovely view if it goes’

‘Eye­sore’ land­mark dat­ing back to 1955 is now fi­nally set to be re­moved

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THIS land­mark is to be re­moved – after decades dom­i­nat­ing Stokeon-trent’s sky­line

The gash­older on Dividy Road, Ad­der­ley Green, has been a per­ma­nent fix­ture since as early as 1955.

But it is no longer needed and spe­cial­ists are to start the four­month dis­man­tling process within weeks.

It used to play an es­sen­tial role in mak­ing sure lo­cal homes had a re­li­able gas sup­ply, and was filled with gas dur­ing times of low de­mand so it could feed into the lo­cal net­work of pipes at times of peak de­mand.

Now new tech­niques mean gas is com­pressed and stored in­side pipes, which means the old gash­older can be re­moved from the two-acre site.

Na­tional Grid re­gen­er­a­tion man­ager Han­nah White said: “The gash­older served the city well, but now we can store gas in our un­der­ground pipes we no longer need the vast net­work of gash­old­ers we once had.

“Lo­cal homes and busi­nesses will still en­joy a safe and re­li­able gas sup­ply.

“Re­mov­ing the gash­older will be a com­plex job, but we’ll use highly skilled and ex­pe­ri­enced en­gi­neers to carry out the work.

“We’ll keep peo­ple in­formed as our work pro­gresses.”

Nearby res­i­dents are look­ing for­ward to a nicer view in the fu­ture.

Sam Ed­wards used to work there and says he won’t miss it.

The 75-year-old, of An­chor Road, said: “I used to work on there when I was about 18 – and I think it should come down.

“It’s old fash­ioned, no gas goes through to it now, and it is an eye­sore.

“It’s ugly, but I am used to see­ing it there ev­ery day be­cause I’ve lived here all of my life. It’s no use just sit­ting there and it closed about 20 years ago.

“It could even be turned into a car park.”

Stu­art Sta­ley, aged 70, of An­chor Road, said: “I don’t think I’ll miss it at all be­cause it’s a bit of an eye­sore. When it was full of gas it was even taller.

“It will be strange not see­ing it there – and I won’t miss it. I’ve lived here for 11 years and it’s never been in use.

“It’s not a fa­mous land­mark – it’s just a lump of steel. We will have a nicer view when it goes.

“It would be nice if they could plant some wild­flow­ers in its place, or even put in seats.

“I don’t know any­body who would ob­ject to it be­ing pulled down.

“It’s served its pur­pose for gen­er­a­tions, but now it’s sur­plus to re­quire­ments

“I just hope they don’t re­place it with a fac­tory or ware­house. We would have a lovely view if it goes.”

Sharon Ibbs, aged 42, from Ad­der­ley Green, added: “It’s been there that long that I’ve stopped notic­ing it. It will look like a blank space when it goes.

“It is a bit of a land­mark and I can re­mem­ber it from when I was 15. It’s been there as long as I can re­mem­ber, but it is a bit un­sightly.”

Na­tional Grid has ap­plied to Stoke-on-trent City Coun­cil for per­mis­sion to re­move the gash­older.

Pic­ture: Pete Stonier

GO­ING: The gash­older on An­chor Road which is set to be dis­man­tled.

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