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Councillor heartbroken over demise of historic Sealand site

A COMMUNITY leader says she is heartbroken by the gradual destruction of a key local history site.

Years of vandalism have taken their toll on parts of the Corus site off Welsh Road, in Garden City.

Cllr Chris Jones admits it will be a sad day if and when the disused buildings are demolished – but says anything is better than the current state of disrepair.

“It’s totally derelict, it looks like a ghost town,” she said.

The Shotton Point site, which is owned by Pochin, is on the market through Chester-based estate agents Legat Owen. It lies next to the millennium cycle path.

The main clock building – which dates back to 1907 – is Grade II listed, so cannot be bulldozed.

It was designed for John Summers and Sons, founders of Shotton Steel Works.

And Cllr Jones, who was born and bred in Sealand, says it is painful seeing a once-proud site turning into an eyesore.

She blames vandals and thieves who steal lead from the roofs of the empty buildings and break in to steal fixtures and fittings.

“I cry now when I look at the main building and think how it was, it’s so sad,” said Cllr Jones.

“John Summers must be turning in his grave to think his beautiful building is being destroyed by mindless vandals.

“I remember it from when I was little. My dad worked there and my brother and sister – everyone in Sealand worked at Summers’s.

“It’s soul-destroying.”

Cllr Jones added: “I’d like them all demolished now, apart from the clock buildings.

“It will be sad but it’s worse seeing them like they are now. It’s such a horrible sight.”

Share your memories and photographs of the site and the steelworks in its heyday – call the newsdesk on 01244 821911 or 01352 755455.

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