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Good and bad memories of Goresbrook Village, Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 14:45 25 May 2013 | UPDATED: 14:47 25 May 2013

Goresbrook Village high-rise towers are being demolished

Goresbrook Village high-rise towers are being demolished

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As the demolition of Goresbrook Village begins, former residents have recalled the best and worst bits of living in the high-rise buildings.

Workers began dismantling the inside of the 282 now empty flats last week and will spend the coming months taking the rest of the structure down.

Legoland, as it has been dubbed, was built in the 1970s and has attracted a fair amount of criticism over the years, with many calling the buildings an eye-sore and bemoaning the cold and damp conditions inside.

We asked our Facebook followers to share their best and worst memories of the place.

Joanna Jones, who lived in one of the towers, Dunmow House, from 2006 to 2011, said: “I miss the views of London, watching fireworks on New Year’s, looking out the window, seeing everything going on.

“Lots of people used to sit outside on the benches and in the playground and have a gossip and a laugh or a moan. I miss CB’s shop round the corner. Everybody used to say hello and you felt you were all in the same boat together.”

But the mum, whose son was born in Dunmow house, said there were a few things she was happy to leave behind.

“I don’t miss the lifts always being broken and getting shopping, pushchairs and babies up 30 flights of stairs. “The heating never worked and the flats were often mouldy and freezing, and lots of the flats got flooded.”

Former resident Ruth Barraclough, said she had no good memories of Goresbrook Village. Ruth wrote about her son being chased by thugs with knives, a rape in a car park and a man who had been stabbed.

Dan Rayner added: “Horrible place, just got out of there. My kids were sick every other week because damp and mould everywhere.”

But Julie Woodward said: “Soooo sad.... I lived there for 15 years. Had to move out coz of the rebuilding but I would have liked to have stayed there,”

The flats will be replaced by 149 low-rise homes, of which 98 will be council houses.

Goresbrook Village Communal Activities Group is holding a farewell bash on the green outside the buildings from 1pm on June 2.


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