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Post date: 01/24/2011 - 16:25

More Silos On The Move

POLICE say the operation to move giant brewery silos through Whitchurch is going to plan.

Weighing 55 tons and measuring 5.7 metres wide, six metres tall and 28 metres long, the first load left on January 14 from Tot Hill for the docks at Southampton.

The silos are making their way to Poland from the former Courage brewery in Reading, owned by Heineken UK.

POLICE say the operation to move giant brewery silos through Whitchurch is going to plan.

Weighing 55 tons and measuring 5.7 metres wide, six metres tall and 28 metres long, the first load left on January 14 from Tot Hill for the docks at Southampton.

The silos are making their way to Poland from the former Courage brewery in Reading, owned by Heineken UK.

The first of the silos, pictured, was moved last Friday and manoeuvred from Tot Hill through the centre of Whitchurch, via Newbury Street and Winchester Road, in order to avoid bridges on the A34.

Another two passed through the town on Tuesday, and a further eight will be making the same journey in pairs on January 21, 25, 28 and February 1.

A statement from Hampshire Police said: “We used Friday’s move to assess potential issues or hold-ups, and despite a delay to the journey, all went well.”

Jan Barfoot, abnormal loads officer for Hampshire Constabulary, said: “Due to the laden dimensions, these loads cannot use the strategic network, so will be travelling on more minor roads.

“This will take them through the centre of Whitchurch, Sutton Scotney and Winchester, which is obviously going to impact greatly on these areas and adjoining roads.”

Councils along the route have been informed about the loads, as well as bus companies, British Telecom and the county’s electricity providers.

Bill Judge, who runs Gladstones handbag shop in Church Street, said: “Whoever was in charge of it did a very good job.”

Jody O’Brien, a waitress at The White Hart in Newbury Street, said: “It caused quite a lot of drama.”