|From the East Kent Mercury|
They were built in the 1950s and started burning coal for the Kent collieries in 1962. Nine years later they were converted to burn oil, then later still to the experimental fuel, Orimulsion, derived from bitumen. Eventually, in 1996, the power station was decommissioned.
There have been arguments that they are part of our industrial heritage, a memorial to those who built it (13 died in the process), and one of the few things left from the east Kent mining heritage.
Probably the main argument for demolition has been that the site can be redeveloped and put to good use. Most people think they are an eyesore and because the land is so flat they can be seen for miles around.
I've always been quite surprised that nobody has ever shown any concern that they can be seen so clearly from the Roman fort of Richborough, the first Roman settlement in Britain. The surprise is that they were allowed to build them there in the first place but we were no doubt less concerned about heritage then.
On the other hand, English Heritage, the owners of Richborough Castle, made no objection to the demolition plans.
The towers will no longer be a blot on the landscape in a few weeks time.