Appeal for memories of Bury St Edmunds gas works as landmark gasholder is dismantled

Gasholder, in Tayfen Road, Bury St Edmunds ANL-151021-131444001
Gasholder, in Tayfen Road, Bury St Edmunds ANL-151021-131444001
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A landmark gasholder in Bury St Edmunds is being dismantled - with energy bosses looking to commemorate the history of the area.

National Grid has this week started work to dismantle the 1950s gas holder and a small associated building, in Tayfen Road.

Bury St Edmunds gas works -  picture from  A Century of Progress, 1834-1934, The Bury St Edmunds Gas Company. ANL-151021-131432001

Bury St Edmunds gas works - picture from A Century of Progress, 1834-1934, The Bury St Edmunds Gas Company. ANL-151021-131432001

It will pave the way for major development with a consultation underway on a masterplan for the area.

The gasholder is the last major physical link to the Bury Gas works, which closed in 1964, and National Grid bosses are appealing for people to share their memories of the gas works to commemorate its history.

Sam Rendell, of National Grid, said: “The gas holder at Tayfen Road has been a significant part of Bury St Edmunds, providing the town with gas for decades but improvements in the way we store gas mean that it isn’t needed anymore. By clearing the site we hope it can be made useful once more and play a part in future growth and regeneration.

“Preserving gas heritage is very important to us. We’re looking at ways to keep alive the memory of the gasholder and the industrial history it represents.

“We would like to ask people to get in touch with us to share their memories of the gas works and ensure the heritage of Bury St Edmunds gas works lives on.”

Works to dismantle the gasholder are expected to be completed by April. Contact National Grid’s community relations team on 0800 840 2750 with your memories of the gas works.

Masterplan consultation:

Bury St Edmunds-based developer Pigeon is consulting on a new masterplan to develop approximately 13 acres of land in Tafen Road and Springfield Road.

It includes proposals for a mixture of new homes including flats, a care home and commercial uses such as a foodstore and family pub.

An outline planning application has already been submitted on part of the land for 215 homes and a 60 bed care home.

The masterplan consultation runs until Wednesday, October 28. Any comments received will be considered and amendments to the masterplan may be made in consultation with St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

For more information about the plans, visit:

www.tayfenroadbury.co.uk