Compass Point Project Update – Week 3

The Storm Tower Begins its Journey Back from the Edge!

On Tuesday 9th May, history was made as the first stone of the iconic Storm Tower was removed, signalling the beginning of its relocation to a new and safer position. This monumental event was witnessed by local press and film crews, as well as the community members, businesses, and crowd fund donors who had rallied behind the project.

Against the backdrop of swirling mist, the removal of the tower’s cross was a dramatic sight to behold. Using a hoist to ensure a safe descent, the cross was brought down from the roof and transported to the new site for the tower.

Cllr Peter La Broy, Mayor Mike Dawe, Richard Bellamy from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, and Karen Richards, the lucky winner selected at random from the crowd fund donors, joined forces to break the ceremonial grass at the very centre of where the tower will stand.

Stuart McLeod, Director of England – London & South at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, expressed his delight: “We’re thrilled to see the first spades in the ground to start the work to relocate the Storm Tower. Supported with money raised by National Lottery players, this iconic structure was at risk of being lost forever but has now been saved for future generations to continue to enjoy.”

The event was not only an emotional milestone for the project but also a unique opportunity for those present to witness the cross up close. This poignant moment highlighted the enormous task ahead, as the dismantling and reassembly of the tower brick-by-brick will be a complex process.

None of this would have been possible without the dedication and support of everyone involved, including the local community. The storm tower, affectionately known as the ‘Pepper Pot,’ has now begun its journey back from the edge, and we cannot wait to see it in its new home, safe and sound.