'Don't destroy our local mines heritage'
CAMPAIGNERS are urging South Gloucestershire Council to think again about demolishing the Edwardian buildings and chimney at the Warmley Waterworks site.
Heritage groups say it is the only remaining chimney in an urban setting in South Gloucestershire.
The council’s planning committee gave consent last year to the clearance of the former Cowhorn Colliery. The colliery mined for coal during the mid to late 1800s. The site in Tower Road South was then utilised from 1906 to 1970 by the West Gloucestershire Water Company to pump water up the shaft using a massive steam powered engine. Most recently it has been used as a site for bin lorries.
The demolition was approved despite the council’s own heritage and conservation officers stating an alternative use should be found.
Heritage groups, including Association for Industrial Archaeology (AIA), South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group (SGMRG), Bristol Industrial Archaeological Society (BIAS), Avon Industrial Buildings Trust (AIBT) and Kingswood Heritage Museum (KHM), are calling for an urgent meeting with the council.
They have also launched an online petition http://chng.it/zc52JwMBZF, which has already been signed by nearly 400 people.
The campaigners said in a statement that the council had refused any proposals for alternative use.
The council has been contacted for comment.