Key landmark on skyline is demolished

The eight chimneys at Alcan have been demolished.
The eight chimneys at Alcan have been demolished.
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A familiar feature on the Northumberland skyline has been demolished.

The eight redundant chimneys on the site of the former Alcan smelting plant at Lynemouth were demolished.

Dozens of people watched from an exclusion zone on Sunday as a number of controlled explosions were carried out by Demolition Services Limited on behalf of site owner Harworth Estates.

Eddie Peat, natural resources director at Harworth Estates, said: “Our main priority was to ensure the demolition process was completed safely and thanks to the careful planning and co-operation of local residents I am delighted to confirm this was achieved.

“With this important milestone completed, we will now continue our work to restore the site with the objective of attracting a good number of high quality jobs from a range of businesses.”

Liz Simpson, deputy business chair of Northumberland County Council and the ward councillor, added: “The Alcan chimneys were familiar features of the industrial skyline for more than 40 years.

“From my visit to Lynemouth and discussions with Harworth Estates it has become clear we share an ambition to restore this site to the benefit of future generations.”

“I welcome the start that has been made.”

Aluminium production ended at Lynemouth in March 2012 and Harworth Estates took over the 320 acre site from previous owner Rio Tinto Alcan in April 2015.