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The chimney at Kingsnorth Power Station in Hoo, will be demolished in March

By Lynn Cox

The chimney at the defunct Kingsnorth Power Station will disappear from Medway’s skyline in March.

The Medway Messenger can exclusively reveal the giant 650ft chimney at the site in Hoo, will be blown up and demolished on Thursday, March 8.

It is understood the chimney will be blown up at 10am.

The boiler houses being blown up at Kingsnorth, picture Gus Scott.
The boiler houses being blown up at Kingsnorth, picture Gus Scott.

The last demolition at the site happened in July last year.

Two boiler buildings were demolished at the site and the event attracted crowds of people to watch them come down.

Many captured the demolition on camera.

The boiler houses at Kingsnorth, were blown up last year, picture Billy Palmer
The boiler houses at Kingsnorth, were blown up last year, picture Billy Palmer

In May last year, two bunkers were blown up at the decommissioned power station.

Other familiar buildings already flattened include the turbine hall, the coal handling plant and two boiler houses.

From the opposite side of the river at Gillingham the chimney now appears to be standing on its own.

Kingsnorth was commissioned in 1973 but shut in December 2012, after it reached a 20,000-hour operations threshold set out by an EU directive.

The full demolition programme, including flattening the giant 650ft chimney, was expected to be completed by the end of last year.

In September 2015, thousands watched the spectacular demolition of Grain power station’s 800ft chimney – when it was the biggest concrete structure ever to be blown up in Britain.

Some had their eyes and cameras trained on the other stack at Kingsnorth, five miles from Grain, and missed the demolition.

The same family business is behind the demolitions at Kingsnorth and Grain – Brown and Mason, based in Dartford.

The news was also posted on the Save Kingsnorth Chimney Facebook page on Saturday.

The post said: “This will be a very sad day and sight to witness as there will be no iconic landmarks on The Medway Estuary.

“Kingsnorth is currently the second tallest structure in Kent after the TV transmitter mast at Dover.

When Kingsnorth is gone the second tallest structure will be the transmitter mast at Wrotham.

“This chimney can be seen from the top of the Crystal Palace transmitter in London and many other places.”

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