It would be a great shame if residents were deprived of the historic sight of the demolition of Didcot A power station’s cooling towers, which for so long have loomed over the landscape.

And although station owner npower has made it clear the 3am to 5am time window has been carefully chosen, it has made a mistake in not explaining the decision to local people in much more detail.

Clearly the safety of such a major operation has to be the primary concern for the authorities.
But the firm should do more to show it appreciates the strength of feeling around this milestone for the county and provide detailed reasons for scheduling the blast so early in the day.

It is one thing to simply say it is the safest option, but the firm needs to spell out the reasons for that claim.