Campaign to preserve chimney at Crown Closures site in Poole

Plea to save historic chimney after firm closes

LANDMARK: Crown Closures factory, Hamworthy

PLEA: Councillor Tony Trent

First published in News by

THE ‘landmark’ chimney of a soon-to-be-closed Poole factory should be preserved as a reminder of the town’s industrial past, a borough councillor has urged.

Crown Closures in Lake Road, Hamworthy, confirmed this month that it is to close its doors for good with the loss of more than 100 jobs – marking the end of the factory which has operated from the site since the Second World War.

Now Poole Councillor Tony Trent, who used to work in the factory during the 1990s when it was called Carnaud Metal Box, is calling for its brick chimney to be preserved as “a fitting memorial to what is fast becoming Poole’s industrial past”.

He told the Daily Echo: “Unfortunately this is the last of its kind. I know there is nothing different about it, but I think it is important for us to keep some evidence of our industrial heritage.”

Cllr Trent has made contact with Borough of Poole officers and councillors as well as starting a group on Facebook called Save the Old Metal Box Chimney in Poole. So far he said responses have been mixed, with some arguing it isn’t worth protecting, and others backing the call.

He added: “It is sad to see so many non-service or retail jobs disappear in Poole. It would also be sad if we were to lose the iconic chimney.”

But Fred Winwood, chairman of Hamside Residents Association, suggested the chimney, had not endeared itself to the community.

He added: “To me what they need to look at is not preserving the chimney, but to try to preserve the industrial use of this site.”

Borough of Poole had not commented as the Daily Echo went to press.

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7:14am Mon 18 Aug 14

wonderway says...

is the councillor going to pay for up keep NO local tax payer would have too

knock it down and council build council houses on site would be better call for poole residents
is the councillor going to pay for up keep NO local tax payer would have too knock it down and council build council houses on site would be better call for poole residents wonderway
  • Score: 6

7:54am Mon 18 Aug 14

cromwell9 says...

Crown wont want that .all they want is the money for the site.They have realy made a killing there.
A nice new factory in Poland /Cheap labour,etc,
The Icing on the cake is .Sell off ALL the land for Housing,Wow they have won the EURO lottery.
Yes we need more homes all the time ,because we are in the EU.
Unfortunatly it has cost 150 familys their jobs ,and all the misery that brings.
Crown wont want that .all they want is the money for the site.They have realy made a killing there. A nice new factory in Poland /Cheap labour,etc, The Icing on the cake is .Sell off ALL the land for Housing,Wow they have won the EURO lottery. Yes we need more homes all the time ,because we are in the EU. Unfortunatly it has cost 150 familys their jobs ,and all the misery that brings. cromwell9
  • Score: 6

8:47am Mon 18 Aug 14

boyerboy says...

Quite wrong to keep an eyesore....not long ago plans were mooted for listing the Branksome gas holders, think are Councillors should be spending their valuable time investigating how to bring new business opportunities to the Borough - try preparing a list of the firms who have been and gone over the last 20/30 years, its of concern, we need more manufacturing .
Quite wrong to keep an eyesore....not long ago plans were mooted for listing the Branksome gas holders, think are Councillors should be spending their valuable time investigating how to bring new business opportunities to the Borough - try preparing a list of the firms who have been and gone over the last 20/30 years, its of concern, we need more manufacturing . boyerboy
  • Score: 7

9:03am Mon 18 Aug 14

60plus says...

It's not a chimney Poole needs it's jobs,if they want to move to somewhere cheaper we should erase all things connected to them.
It's not a chimney Poole needs it's jobs,if they want to move to somewhere cheaper we should erase all things connected to them. 60plus
  • Score: 7

9:09am Mon 18 Aug 14

The Duke Of Criklade says...

Send for the loveable Mr Fred Dibnah he will have it down in no time.
Send for the loveable Mr Fred Dibnah he will have it down in no time. The Duke Of Criklade
  • Score: 0

9:32am Mon 18 Aug 14

billy bumble says...

I am all for preserving heritage - but c'mon
I am all for preserving heritage - but c'mon billy bumble
  • Score: 11

10:00am Mon 18 Aug 14

Controversial But True says...

The Duke Of Criklade wrote:
Send for the loveable Mr Fred Dibnah he will have it down in no time.
Through a seance?
[quote][p][bold]The Duke Of Criklade[/bold] wrote: Send for the loveable Mr Fred Dibnah he will have it down in no time.[/p][/quote]Through a seance? Controversial But True
  • Score: 12

10:03am Mon 18 Aug 14

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

I wonder if the company will be paying £217,000 pa business rates when they open up in Poland?
I wonder if the company will be paying £217,000 pa business rates when they open up in Poland? The-Bleeding-Obvious
  • Score: 10

10:49am Mon 18 Aug 14

TheDistrict says...

The Duke Of Criklade wrote:
Send for the loveable Mr Fred Dibnah he will have it down in no time.
He would if he was still alive. However, his son who is part of the team taking the WW1 vehicles to the Steam Fair from Bovington, would.
[quote][p][bold]The Duke Of Criklade[/bold] wrote: Send for the loveable Mr Fred Dibnah he will have it down in no time.[/p][/quote]He would if he was still alive. However, his son who is part of the team taking the WW1 vehicles to the Steam Fair from Bovington, would. TheDistrict
  • Score: 2

11:01am Mon 18 Aug 14

Gingertree says...

Shame you arnt as worried about saving the jobs as you are about the chimney
Shame you arnt as worried about saving the jobs as you are about the chimney Gingertree
  • Score: 10

6:05pm Mon 18 Aug 14

old buffer says...

Iconic? A CHIMNEY? How mad is that?
Iconic? A CHIMNEY? How mad is that? old buffer
  • Score: 0

11:46pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Yankee1 says...

This is how Hamworthy deals with old chimneys:

https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=0EAh8qKZ
4QA
This is how Hamworthy deals with old chimneys: https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=0EAh8qKZ 4QA Yankee1
  • Score: 0

1:59am Tue 19 Aug 14

Tony Trent says...

Gingertree wrote:
Shame you arnt as worried about saving the jobs as you are about the chimney
Sadly the Council does not have the means or legal right to determine where a privately owned multi-national company locates it's production, though I have no doubt that the Economic Development Team would have tried to influence the outcome. I hope that there is an employment future for the site, though I suspect it will go to housing. The chimney does have some limited protection, which has to be taken into consideration when a planning application is submitted. We wait and see what happens, meanwhile I hope that people will think of local jobs when deciding whether we want an offshore wind farm (how's that for a wild card?). We are in competition with two other local ports for 100 engineering/stores/m
arine jobs guaranteed for 25 years - or is that being too positive?
[quote][p][bold]Gingertree[/bold] wrote: Shame you arnt as worried about saving the jobs as you are about the chimney[/p][/quote]Sadly the Council does not have the means or legal right to determine where a privately owned multi-national company locates it's production, though I have no doubt that the Economic Development Team would have tried to influence the outcome. I hope that there is an employment future for the site, though I suspect it will go to housing. The chimney does have some limited protection, which has to be taken into consideration when a planning application is submitted. We wait and see what happens, meanwhile I hope that people will think of local jobs when deciding whether we want an offshore wind farm (how's that for a wild card?). We are in competition with two other local ports for 100 engineering/stores/m arine jobs guaranteed for 25 years - or is that being too positive? Tony Trent
  • Score: 0

2:32am Tue 19 Aug 14

Tony Trent says...

There is an irony in all this. These forums often dwell on people from Eastern Europe coming to the UK to fill posts in the manufacturing industry, but here we have a company moving it's manufacturing to Eastern Europe.
There is at least one other employer in Poole that has just about kept their presence in the UK despite our higher environmental standards, and their proximity to residential properties - which makes their operation more challenging. Along with colleagues in the area, I have put in a lot of time over the years helping to iron out problems and keeping the jobs in Poole. I hope the loss of CMB (yep! I'm stuck in the past with the name) is not a sign of a trend.
There is an irony in all this. These forums often dwell on people from Eastern Europe coming to the UK to fill posts in the manufacturing industry, but here we have a company moving it's manufacturing to Eastern Europe. There is at least one other employer in Poole that has just about kept their presence in the UK despite our higher environmental standards, and their proximity to residential properties - which makes their operation more challenging. Along with colleagues in the area, I have put in a lot of time over the years helping to iron out problems and keeping the jobs in Poole. I hope the loss of CMB (yep! I'm stuck in the past with the name) is not a sign of a trend. Tony Trent
  • Score: 0

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