Southport Past (OTS News) SOUTHPORT GASHOLDER (1960 – 2009)

Southport Past (OTS News) SOUTHPORT GASHOLDER (1960 – 2009)

THE tallest landmark on the Southport skyline was demolished in 2009.

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The infamous Crowland Street gasometer was gradually dismantled over 10 months after standing strong for nearly 50 years.

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The news came as a relief to High Park householders living in the shadow of the iconic structure, who struggled to receive television reception over the years.

But for many, the giant beacon has provided a reassuring first glimpse of home after months away.

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Southport MP John Pugh commented in 2009 saying it was definitely a landmark but no-one ever said it was beautiful and unless anyone intends to paint a striking mural on it I guess it has outlived its usefulness.

The largest of the three gasometers was decommissioned after an environmental risk posed by the storage of oil within it.

The tower was voted one of the North West’s biggest eyesores in a competition run by the BBC.

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During the dismantling of the gasholder CDC Demolition Ltd cut steel triangles and made them into pieces of memorabilia.

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There was a fire during the dismantling of the small gasometer after oil and grease got into the inner lining of the walls whilst using burning equipment.

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Contractors had their own fire engine on site which was used to put out the fire.

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Views below from the top of the main tower looking over Canning Road and also across farmland towards Kew retail park.

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