High winds damage cement works’ chimney

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A chimney stack at Clitheroe’s Hanson Cement is being monitored daily after recent strong winds caused it to bend.

The structure, which was built in the 1980s and is made of steel, was damaged during the recent stormy weather.

High winds damaged the metal chimney stack at Clitheroe's Hanson Cement works. (s)

High winds damaged the metal chimney stack at Clitheroe's Hanson Cement works. (s)

It will cost in the region of £100,000 to replace the stack at Hanson Cement’s Ribblesdale Works off West Bradford Road.

A spokeman for Hanson Cement, David Weeks, said the top section of the stack is now leaning around five degrees towards the village of Chatburn.

“The top section of the stack which is 23 metres high, the total structure is 92 metres high, tilted slightly in the incredibly high winds,” explained Mr Weeks.

“We had to shut the kiln down in the first instance before a structural engineer came to look at it. He subsequently advised us to make it safe.”

The cement works metal stack before it was damaged by high winds. (s)

The cement works metal stack before it was damaged by high winds. (s)

Mr Weeks added that the kiln was restarted shortly afterwards and that Hanson Cement is now planning on replacing this section of the stack in the summer.

“There is no danger to employees, but we will be inspecting it twice a day until it is replaced,” he said. “There is nothing to worry about though and we will be keeping an eye on the weather as we do not want this repeated.”

Residents living on Pimlico Road noticed the damage and informed the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times.