Work is on track to clear site

WORK to clear the controversial Steetley site is on track.

Sirius North East has been contracted to clear the site by the land’s owners, Starford Holdings, and work is expected to be complete by the second week of December this year.

Workers are 20 weeks into the 42-week clean-up project.

When demolition work is complete and further earth works carried out the site will be left as a blanket of crushed stone, in preparation for future development.

The prominent Steetley chimney, which is made of reinforced concrete, is being flattened as part of the ongoing work.

Demolition experts have drilled 132 holes into the walls of the base of the chimney, which will be filled with nitroglycerin explosives and cemented in place.

The blast ensures the chimney, which will be wrapped in chain link, drops about 15ft before falling towards the sea.

Test blasts have already been carried out ahead of the demolition.