Report - Steetley Magnesite - Hartlepool Oct 09

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28DL Full Member
Mar 8, 2009
1937: Site acquired by Steetley. New process allows magnesium to be produced from sea water.
1938: Plant opens and expands rapidly.
1961: Chimney built which is seen across Hartlepool.
1962: World's largest settling tank built on the site.
1967: 5,147 tons of magnesium produced a week.
1997: Britmag takes over the site from Redland.
2002: Britmag goes into administration, and the site is reborn as CJC Chemicals.
2005: CJC also falls on hard times and the area falls into disrepair.
2005: Culford Properties become free-holders of the site and draw up plans for a 500-home estate.
2006: Children caught by the Mail diving into the settling tanks.
2007: (September) English Nature opposes building plans because of breeding birds near the site.
2007: (October) The council puts £100,000 aside in case they have to clear the site.

The Explore
Myself, Geedubya, MAD MAX and Tims headed off to Hartlepool preying that the weather would be as good as forecast.
We weren't to be disappointed and spent a good three hours snapping away and even though the police and some land pirates were around the site, we got what we went for without incident.
Hope you enjoy the pics: