Powerhouse Demolition Underway
THE Formby Powerhouse
has been a well known landmark for commuters on Merseyrail's
Northern Line since it opened in the early 1940's. The iconic
building has many secrets and many of the Formby residents
objections to the idea of
demolition on many levels and even became part of the newly
formed a local action group called
Despite the objections approval was granted by Sefton MBC to
Bellway Homes, to build 75 new homes on the site, in late 2013.
Local historian, Dr Reg Yorke, of Formby Civic Society, said:-
"The building is of huge historical value. It is a pity to
destroy such an historic building without thinking about it. It
is historical not only for the fact it generated power for the
Southport to Liverpool railway line, in the early 20th century,
but as a building itself. This building should have been saved
and made a 'Listed Building'." Formby tycoon Mike McComb,
also wanted to save this
Hoggs Hill Lane building, that was also once a factory for
Rosslight Insulation Products, by restoring it to its former
glory, by removing later extensions and turning it into flats.
Sadly that plan fell through. Very soon now new houses will be
built, on the flood plain, alongside of the River Alt and next
to the Formby Water Treatment Works. The new houses will then
make up part of Sefton's plans to build around 5,000 houses in
the borough over the next 4 to 5 years. This seems good news to
some Formby residents, because according to them the former
railway power plant has become a long time magnet for
So what are your views as contactors move
in and get ready to flatten this structure? Do you think
Sefton Council should have accepted the application to build the
75 properties on the historic site? Are you glad to see
the demolition work start? Email your views and feelings to our
and let us know!
One interesting thing that was
mentioned a few days back to us was that the demolition will
solve mystery. This puzzle is like the one in
Birmingham, and centres
around the theory that Hurricane or a Spitfire had been
carefully buried during World War 2 at the site, under
instructions from the War Office. They did hide weapons and
other equipment, in case the UK was invaded, so it is not that
far fetched. Plus 36 of the iconic planes were found in
Burma, buried not so long back. So lets see what pops up!
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