Staythorpe community celebrates power station

Staythorpe Power Station was recently recognised by the local Staythorpe community with the erection of a new welcome sign at either end of the village.

The signs were installed partly thanks to a generous contribution from the power station. Station Manager Andy Marshall joined local Councillor John Cobley and Parish Council Clerk John Burbidge to celebrate the inauguration of one of the new signs.

Andy said, “The Staythorpe community is very important to us, and we are proud of what everyone involved at the site over its long history has contributed to the local area, starting all the way back in 1946 when Staythorpe A began construction. In turn we are delighted to be recognised in this way. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the community in the years to come.”

The signs feature three images that are iconic to the local area: a tractor (to represent the extensive farming that takes place in the area), Staythorpe Power Station, and the railway signal box that was opened in October 1950 to serve the new coal-fired Staythorpe A Power Station.

Staythorpe A received an average weekly supply of 26,000 tons from the local coalmines, making it a driving force in the local economy. The signal box was extended in 1960 to control further sidings used by Staythorpe B, a station that provided an assured local market for the then rapidly expanding East Midlands coalfield. The signal box is due to be removed as part of Network Rails improvements.

During construction of the new Staythorpe Power Station over £55,000 was donated to local organisations, the station continues to donate annually and develop long-term relationships with community partners.