ANDOVER’S skyline is set to be changed forever as plans have been announced to knock down the grain silos which dominate Weyhill Road.

Switch Logistics, who own the redundant grain stores, has revealed it intends to demolish the 65ft silos to make way for a new distribution hub.

The concrete silos, built in the 1940s and harking back to an era when many grain products were strictly rationed under measures that lasted from World War Two until 1954 when rationing was finally ended. The steel silos were a later addition, with the concrete silos having been condemned for grain storage.

Following its purchase by Switch Logistics, the company has applied for a certificate of lawful existing use at the site, which would allow it to use it for office purposes as well as parking lorries on the concrete hardstanding which will be all that is left of the silos once they are demolished.

The silos can be demolished without permission. The certificate was passed with no objection at Andover Town Council, with Test Valley officers set to have the final say.

However, some residents have reacted with sadness that a ‘historical landmark’ is set to be demolished.

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