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Demolition of high rise blocks soon underway

The demolition of two high rise blocks in Netherton will soon begin, paving the way for new housing developments in the future.

Dudley Council has appointed contractors Colemans to demolish Arley and Compton Court in Netherton.

By using ‘high reach machines’ the contractors will dismantle the buildings.

The demolition of neighbouring Wells and Manor Court is expected to start in the autumn.

Following a survey of the council’s housing stock a few years the four blocks, which were built in the 1960s, were deemed no longer fir for purpose and it was estimated it would cost millions of pounds to repair them and bring them up to modern day standards.

The council took the decision to demolish the blocks and it is currently proposed to use the land to create new and affordable homes in the area.

The council has worked closely with residents and since October 2016 more than 180 tenants have moved to better housing.

Councillor Laura Taylor, cabinet member for housing, communities and residents’ welfare, said:

"The blocks served their purpose when they were first built in post-war Britain but in recent years, they had seen better days and I’m glad we’ve reached this key milestone.

"With the support of residents throughout this project and our ambition to continue building new modern homes, we’re now able to pave the way for exciting new opportunities in the future."

Contractors and the council are working with residents to minimise disruption as much as possible. The demolition of Arley Court and Compton Court should be complete by December 2020.

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