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New year disappearance for Summerland 15 December 2005

    The final demolition of the Summerland buildings and structures will take place early in the new year. The contractor, DSM/JCK Ltd, have to this point in their current contract been removing the considerable quantities of asbestos cladding panels that comprise large sections of the building. In addition it has also been necessary, prior to full demolition, to remove an existing networked electricity substation embedded deep within the building and divert all necessary electrical infrastructure to enable a continued supply to the area.

    In January the main contractor will be importing to the Island six no. D – Rig machines which will carry out the demolition via a long reach of up to 85 feet – keeping the demolition labour force away from any potential dangers and minimising any health and safety risks in demolition.

    In order to offer these huge machines the room they need to operate safely, it will be necessary for the contractor to partially and fully close King Edward Road for a total period 19th January 06 to 3rd March 06 – with the period of full closure 20th January to 20th February 06. In order to minimise inconvenience to the general public, alternative routes along Strathallan Road via Port Jack and Summerhill will be clearly signposted. Bus routes will be subject to this diversion also.

    Minister for the Department of Tourism and Leisure Hon David Cretney MHK stated: ‘Whilst we will always ensure that public disruption is kept to an absolute minimum, in order to safely demolish Summerland the contractor will have to close the road for a short period in the new year. I am sure that everyone is looking forward to the disappearance of the eyesore that has blighted the north end of the promenade over recent years.’

    Upon completion of demolition in March the Department will then consider the short and long term futures for the site.

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