Giant sandcastle demolished over health and safety fears

by William ASTON on April 18, 2012

The giant sandcastle that was built on Weymouth beach in order to mark just 100 days until the start of the summer Olympics was actually knocked down five days ago over health and safety fears.

The structure apparently cost an £5,000 of taxpayers’ money while an expert sand sculptor took four days to construct it in Weymouth, Dorset - a venue for Olympic sailing events this summer. However, just as publicity photos were being taken of the castle, which was 13ft high and had ‘100 Days To Go’ scrawled on it, had to be demolished.

Olympic and council officials had concerns over the 100-ton structure falling on someone once it was left to its own devices. Organisers also claimed that they would have needed to hire security if the castle had remained standing.

Local residents have blasted the sand castle for being a waste public funds while lamenting the lost chance to bring in extra tourists. The huge sandcastle was built by sand sculptor Mark Anderson, who completed the project at the end of last week just before photographers came to take pictures of it.

Simon Williams, the head of Weymouth and Portland 2012’s operations team, set up by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, has justified the structure’s removal, commenting that it was taken down as there were concerns over it collapsing and falling on a young child. A council spokesman added that the structure was built to create photo opportunities to mark just 100 days until the start of the Olympics.

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