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Battersea demolition row rumbles on

The row surrounding Battersea Power Station's iconic chimney stacks has reignited, despite the chimneys' demolition being given the green light.

A war of words has continued between the authors of rival reports concerning the need to demolish the chimneys, even though Wandsworth council approved their destruction on Thursday evening.

A report by Cameron Taylor, Alan Conisbee Associates and GB Geotechnics, commissioned by the Twentieth Century Society (C20) and World Monuments Fund (WMF), questions rival author Buro Happold's assertion that demolition is entirely necessary.

In late September, Buro Happold refuted the conservationist camp's original report, stating that the use of cathodic protection at the site was not possible, and that the chimneys pose a health and safety risk.

But on Friday the Alan Consibee team issued the following statement: 'Buro Happold has responded to the C20/WMF report, but not addressed the issues raised.

'The response contains a lot of repetition, however, no new information has been brought forward. So our position remains that the case for demolition is not justified.'

The Battersea Power Station Community Group has now called into question developer Parkview's legal ability to demolish the chimneys, given that the company is based off-shore.

This was based on similar doubts expressed at Thursday's planning meeting by a local authority solicitor.

by Rob Sharp

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