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Gone: The far right pillar has been demolished and the space green barriered.
Going..going: The far right pillar is the subject of this demolition on Barrack Road with two days of appeal time remaining.
The white chain ritual represents the final chance to protest before the destruction process begins. On the erection of the white chains a 3 day grace period begins during which appeals can be heard.
The pre-demolition white chains are replaced by the familiar post-demolition green barriers which indicate that the act of destruction is complete but hazards remain.
The white chains are thought to be part of a new pre-demolition ritual designed to make members aware that a demolition is immanent.
White Chain, Last Chance

An Open Council member sent in these revealing pictures which show Newcastle City Council's new white chain system in action.