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Carrington Power Station
Topic posted by Andy ... dated:16 February 2006
Does anybody know anything about the history of the 'Carrington Power Station' demolished in 1996? Who owned it and when was it built etc.?
Re: Carrington Power Station
Reply posted by Graz ... dated:25 March 2017

Yes, it's a requirment laid down by the ICAO:

Under International Civil Aviation Organisation regulations, any structure over 45 metres tall on a flight path or near an aerodrome must be fitted with a medium-intensity aircraft warning light.

The lights are only required at night - 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise - but it's the number of lights displayed by Carrington Power Station that is an issue. There are several located in a band around each tower but there is more than one band on each.

And to be realistic, if a light aeroplane from Barton or a helicopter failed to see an 80m tall power station, the fact it had lights on wouldn't matter.

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Reply posted by Aardvark ... dated:23 March 2017

The bright red lights are probably due to the proximity of Barton Aerodrome and its numerous light aircraft.

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Reply posted by Graz ... dated:21 March 2017

This paragraph is from the Environmental Impact Assessment carried out in 2014 during the planning phase of Carrington Power Station:

The visual impacts of the proposed development (i.e. impacts on receptors of particular views) depend on the sensitivity of the receptor of each view.  Throughout the operational period of the scheme the principle landscape impacts will be the presence of the 75 m high stack.  No significant effects on local residents and recreational walkers have been identified in the immediate surrounding towns or villages. Although substantial degrees of magnitude are expected, particularly in views from the A57 close to the site, it is not considered that these impacts will be significant due to the short duration of potential views.

Does anyone else think this is (a) just someone's opinion and not backed up by any facts and (b) missing any description of probably the most impactful aspect of the station - the stupid number and positioning of bright red lights that can be seen for miles? 

Re: Carrington Power Station
Reply posted by Saul ... dated:30 November 2009

I came across this the other day, the handbook for Carrington Power Station from 1956. A very interesting read and some nice photographs and pictures too.

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Reply posted by DavidU ... dated:21 September 2009

There were once actually three power stations in the Trafford area.

Stretford and District Electricity Board opened Trafford Power Station in 1929. It was located alongside the Bridgewater Canal close to Warwick Road, where an extended grandstand and car park for a football ground are now. It was supplied with coal delivered by barges on the Bridgewater Canal, as was Barton Power Station. Both power stations used canal water for cooling, Barton from the Ship Canal. I'm not sure which canal Trafford drew its cooling water from.

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Reply posted by Herb ... dated:21 September 2009

I have no problem with having two power stations in Trafford. At least, for once, are not on my door step & will not cause any traffic congestion.

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Reply posted by JohnH ... dated:21 September 2009

We have always had 2 power stations: Carrington Power Station and Barton Power Station. So what's the problem?

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Reply posted by Tom ... dated:21 September 2009

I have no problem with that whatsoever.  People need electricity, it has to come from somewhere.  Trafford is much less industrially-developed now than it was 30 years ago.

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Reply posted by AnotherPete ... dated:21 September 2009

Casper - Personally it doesn't bother me at all.

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Reply posted by Casper ... dated:20 September 2009

Hi,did anyone read the Metro News page 5 this week (18/09/09). An article details the building of a second gas power station in the same area. This one will be called "Trafford Power Station".

How do people feel about 2 power stations on their door step?

Re: Carrington Power Station
Reply posted by Tom ... dated:08 May 2009
There's a website for this power station now, here:

Website

It looks smaller and less noticeable than the old power station (I didn't live here then, so have only seen it from photographs).

I do have a slight concern that the facility will be powerfully lit at night - that won't be very nice to look at from the Mile Road.
Re: Carrington Power Station
Reply posted by Evad ... dated:30 January 2009
John. It could well be. I have seen plans somewhere, might of been in the local rag? What is of concern; is how the traffic is intended to be managed? The road to the intended site has only one main route in/out, that being Manchester Road. Manchester Road is already over congested now. May be new roads will/could be built to take additional traffic from the motorways over Irlam, even over the canal.I also read that the entry and exits from that site was restricted to, I think 100 per day, quite alot really. The company I work for supplies us with corrugated board, it's the Spanish arm of that company that is aquireing the land, money no object, I'm told. Anyone keeping an eye on this development?
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Reply posted by John ... dated:29 January 2009
Could this be another reason for the re-instatement of the bridge that links Irlam to Cadishead
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Reply posted by Evad ... dated:29 January 2009
Michelle. Your comment of Manchester Road is correct, but not forgetting that it will be hindered further when the development of the new paper mill gets under way.
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Reply posted by AnotherPete ... dated:29 January 2009
Mike - there's no need for the sarcasm. I provided the link as you mentioned that you had read about it in the Messenger, and as that particular newspaper isn't always the most detailed and in-depth conveyor of information I gave you the link so you could find out as much additional information as you wanted without having to rely on "I've heard it will be..."-style Chinese whispers.
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Reply posted by Mike ... dated:28 January 2009
Very good anotherpete, however I was hoping for some local knowledge of the situation. Obviously I can read as I pointed out that I had read about it already. Thanks very much for your intellectual insight into the debate though it has been much appreciated.
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Reply posted by AnotherPete ... dated:28 January 2009
Mike - click here
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Reply posted by UB ... dated:28 January 2009
Piece on the Messeger earlier this week. It's being rebuilt or upgraded, with new jobs on the horizon.
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Reply posted by kevin ... dated:28 January 2009
Why is it that everytime I reply you dont put them on the forum as I am getting fed up regards kev.

[Hi Kevin, please can you use the Webmaster's reply topic if you want to ask me a question. However, I can confirm that all posts to this topic have been authorised. Dave]
Re: Carrington Power Station
Reply posted by DavidU ... dated:28 January 2009
I understand that it is to be a gas fired power station, at a time when the UK has become a net importer of gas.
Re: Carrington Power Station
Reply posted by Steak ... dated:28 January 2009
Mike,
Full details of this were publshed in the Messenger last week.
Re: Carrington Power Station
Reply posted by Michelle ... dated:28 January 2009
A fantastic investment in the area. I do wonder though, how these 600 people are going to get to work ? Along the already overly congested Manchester Rd ?
Some investment should be made in the infrastructure - as I have pointed out on countless occasions.
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Reply posted by Mike ... dated:28 January 2009
I read in the Messenger that there are plans to build a new £500 million pound plant near the old site. Does anybody else have any more details on this ?
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Reply posted by D-Unit ... dated:25 May 2006
Like most of you have mentioned, I grew up and still reside in Flixton, and the power station was always a spooky looking building. I used to play on the "Iron Bridge" which links Flixton to Irlam and I was always fascinated by the building. Does anyone have any pictures of it?? I remember there was like a transparent "Tube" which went from the top of the station diagonally down to the floor. If anyone has pictures that would be cool!
Re: Carrington Power Station
Reply posted by Mcdude ... dated:21 May 2006
Ace stuff Mr T, the Dock mentioned sounds like its owned by the carrington chemical site (Whichever Sicillian company owns that now).

I'm pretty sure its highly illegal to enter their site (according to the no-common-sense muppets who frequent Urmston.net) but its an interesting site nonetheless and a joy to see.
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Reply posted by MrT ... dated:20 May 2006
See here for some "exploration" of the former Carrington Power Staion site.
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Reply posted by Joanne ... dated:18 May 2006
Hi Andy,

I do have a vague memory of my dad taking me in when I was little, probably about 6 or 7, and seeing huge metal things that looked liked giant hot water tanks! I think they were turbines.

I must admit that the canteen and kitchens were where I spent a great deal of time as my gran was head cook.

Lots of biscuits and large puddings always kept us from poking around too much!
Re: Carrington Power Station
Reply posted by Andy ... dated:17 May 2006
Thanks for your responses everyone. I was pleasantly suprised to see the thread reactivated after a while, so thanks for that. It is something that has fascinated me since I was a teenager, and I used to catch the train over to Irlam. The line ran just a few metres from the actual building. I have a few photo's I took in '95 before it was torn down completely. They had already begun dismantling it by then. I will see if I can get them scanned onto the site, but I am not really sure how to do it. Joanne, did you ever enter the main building when you were younger? Thanks again everyone.
Re: Carrington Power Station
Reply posted by Joanne ... dated:17 May 2006
The site was owned and run by the CEGB (Central Electricity Generating Board).

My gran, grandad & dad all worked at the Power Station, and my family lived in one of the cottages in front of the site on Manchester Road.

When I was growing up I remember great Christmas parties of all of the employees children, hugh bonfires on Nov. 5th and sneaking through the back fence of our garden to go and play on the slag heaps. Used to find loads of really old glass bottles there. Wish I had kept some of them now!

There was a small miners strike outside the site back in 1983 or 84, can't quite recall the year but I do know that it was on my birthday! My dad had to go outside and yell at blokes who were climbing on our car to throw stuff at the police!

I still remember the day I saw the two chimneys come down - it brought tears to the eyes.

Sorry that I don't have more factual info, but seeing the post brought back a load of happy memories.
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