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Fears for future of chimneys at old Bedfordshire brickworks

Stewartby Brickworks chimneys can be seen for miles Credit: ITV News Anglia

There are fears for the future of the Stewartby brickworks chimneys in Bedfordshire after plans were submitted for hundreds of new homes in the village.

The listed brick structures can be seen for miles around but the Parish Council says they are at risk from demolition if Bedford Borough Council decides they are unsafe to build near.

The Stewartby Brickworks Credit: ITV News Anglia

"I don't believe in this health and safety issue at all, I appreciate that it is of value and had to be adhered to. These chimneys have been up for years and people used to work under them. 6,000 employees used to be there at one time and since 2002, they haven't fired a brick and they're still standing."

– Cllr John Symonds, Chairman of Stewartby Parish Council