16 People Died And Dozens Of Others Were Injured.
Didcot Power Station Is Switched Off
Heart’s been told Didcot’s power station is being switched off this afternoon – after more than 40 years of generating electricity for the UK.
It’s after new European rules were brought in about coal-fired power stations, which meant owners NPower had a choice to either make major efficiency upgrades or close the site down.
The switch-off has meant around 100 people have lost their jobs, but 48 people employed at the plant have been found work elsewhere in the company and another 70 are staying on to help with the shut down for the next few months.
Simon Holloway has been working at the station since 1980 and says it’s sad to see it closed.
He added: “It’s a big day, a very emotional day because we have been like a community here for over 40 years.”
Discussions are still ongoing about what the site will become – and it’s still possible that English Heritage could list the towers, so they can’t be demolished.
But Dan Meredith from NPower says that’s unlikely.
He added: “It’s obviously of interest for future power generation of course because we’ve got all the infrastructure already here and there’s another power station on the site as well.”
NPower say that Didcot B, a gas-fired power station at the site, will continue generating power for “many years to come”.
A severely disabled man is taking his legal battle over cuts to his care package to the Court of Appeal.
Inspectors say they're worried about the safety of inmates at Aylesbury's Youth Offenders Institution
An Oxford economist's calling for more places to be made available in elderly care homes.
Recently Played Tracks
To listen live, choose your preferred station:
Now playing: The best feel good music
Deposit £10 to get a £40 Welcome Bonus - That's £50 to play bingo, slots and more!*
Over 50 tracks to make you feel-good. New album out now...
Find your local four day weather report here.
Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.