Short stretch of canal towpath closed in Marston

17 December 2018 

Cheshire West and Chester Council structural engineers have been monitoring the Coronation Salt Store in Marston for some time with the last inspection showing a significant increase in movement that could lead to the total collapse of the building.

As a safety precaution a stretch of the canal towpath and access routes next to the Coronation Salt Store have now been temporally closed. A diversion will remain in place until the structure has been taken down.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member Communities and Wellbeing said: “I’m sorry for any inconvenience caused by this closure; it has been done as a safety measure. 

“We have consulted with Historic England who confirmed that we may carefully take down the dangerous structure for public safety reasons, subject to Scheduled Monument Consent. Work will start on this as soon as possible in the New Year”. Structural engineers are monitoring the building weekly whilst working with a specialist contractor on detailed planning of the work. A temporary road closure will be needed while the structure is being taken down this will allow the contractor to have total control of the area.

The Coronation salt store on Ollershaw Lane was constructed by Henry Ingram Thompson in 1901.  The floor was originally at canal towpath level however subsidence left the floor of the salt store below towpath level.

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