Hucknall complex bulldozed to make way for new homes

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Demolition work has finally got under way at the site of a former housing complex for older people.

Bulldozers have moved in on Darlison Court, Spring Street.

A couple of years ago, members of Ashfield District Council agreed to close down the centre.

Built in 1969, it had become outdated, and the bedsits had become difficult to let.

The council decided to demolish the complex rather than upgrade it because the work would have been too expensive.

Ashfield District Council, in conjunction with Willmott Dixon Housing and Nottinghamshire County Council, will begin the redevelopment of the Spring Street Site shortly.

The site hoardings are now in place and demolition of the empty flats and bungalows is underway.

Once demolition is complete, contractors will open up and divert the Baker Lane Brook which currently runs underneath the site.

All work will be carried out to the satisfaction of the Environment Agency to ensure that that it not only promotes biodiversity, but also provides an attractive feature to the new development.

Coun John Wilmott said: “I’m really pleased that the work is under way.

“We do need the extra facilities and I’m looking forward to visiting it when it’s all complete.”