Landmark crane at famous Somerset wood trader to be demolished

A CRANE on a landmark woodworking site in Somerset is set to be demolished.

A planning application has been submitted to Somerset Council on behalf of Yandle and Sons Ltd for demolition of a crane in the firm’s yard at Martock.

“The application seeks to demolish the onsite crane and its supports as it is no longer serviceable or required and without considerable investment could become hazardous,” the application said.

“The site will be restored to gravel matching the neighbouring car park.

“The crane will be removed using qualified contractors with the material being taken from site.”

Work to remove the crane are due to begin in early 2024, it added.

Yandle and Sons Ltd, also known as Yandles, is a landmark firm that has been providing wood and tools to industry professionals for more than 150 years.

For more details on the plans, log on to and search for application reference 23/02310/DEM.

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