Every night for the last six months, three-year-old “Mimi” Amelia Langley, said night, night to the tower crane she could see from her bedroom window.
So, when news broke on the Council’s social media that the tower crane was to come down, mum Jess knew her daughter would be “devastated,” and told the Council how much Mimi had loved seeing it.
“She absolutely loved the crane. She would point it out whenever we come into town. She could see the red aircraft warning light on the crane from her bedroom window. It’s even become part of her bedtime stories that her dad tells her,” said Jess.
The tower crane has been used since April for work on the redevelopment of the former Post Office site at 17-18 Cornhill. Once completed next year, the redevelopment will deliver two ground floor business units with 12 flats above. The Victorian Cornhill front has been carefully preserved with restoration work on the front alongside the installation of new more energy efficient windows due to be completed soon.
The Council arranged with Barnes for Mimi and Jess to meet the crane operator Kristy Swallow and the Senior Site Manager Steven Rouse, who presented Mimi with her own hardhat and hi-vis while Cllr Griffiths gave Mimi an early Christmas present – her very own crane – albeit a slightly smaller version.
See this video for more on when Mimi met crane operator Kristy at https://youtu.be/KXE-roKSUAk