Landmark chimney primed to tumble

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DECADES of history will come crashing down on June 8 when Methil’s iconic lum is blown up by explosive charge and hauled to the ground.

ScottishPower has confirmed to the Mail that a date has now been set for demolition, which follows on from last month’s destruction of the boiler plant.

However, although the plant demolition was shrouded in secrecy, this time ScottishPower has been working closely with Fife Police to ensure the public have front row seats to the historic event.

Arrangements are currently being put in place to establish an exclusion zone perimeter, and ScottishPower and the police will be contacting nearby businesses and properties to discuss the plans.

Planning with the police, ScottishPower has also ensured that areas will be set aside for residents who wish to watch the demolition.

The best viewing points will be from the Promenade car park or Harbour View.

Dylan Hughes, ScottishPower project manager, said: “The demolition plan for the chimney stack at Methil has been taken following months of discussions with experts including vibration specialists, explosives engineers and ecologists.”

Parking in the general area will be restricted so the public are requested to walk to these areas or use public transport.

Due to the exclusion zone that is required, it’s expected there will be disruption to traffic during the afternoon of June 8 and, unless attending this event, the public are advised to avoid the area if they can.

The removal of the chimney will mark the end of an association between Methil and the 60-megawatt coal slurry-fired power station that has spanned nearly half a century.

The power plant demolition programme officially started in April 2010, and the site should be cleared by 2012.