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Oldest tower block razed to ground

PUBLISHED: 18:01 05 June 2008 | UPDATED: 11:15 11 August 2010

THE BOROUGH S oldest tower block has finally bitten the dust after bulldozers moved in to raze it to the ground. Cadiz Court has marked one of the main entrances to Barking and Dagenham since it was built at the Bull Roundabout, Rainham Road South, Dagenh

THE BOROUGH'S oldest tower block has finally bitten the dust after bulldozers moved in to raze it to the ground.

Cadiz Court has marked one of the main entrances to Barking and Dagenham since it was built at the Bull Roundabout, Rainham Road South, Dagenham, in 1963.

At the time high-rise blocks were seen as the future of social housing and a solution to the country's post-war housing problems.

Eleven-storey Cadiz Court was the first tower block built by the newly-formed Barking and Dagenham Council, but over the years it was beset with maintenance problems..

The block will be replaced with 39 low-rise flats and 15 houses. In total there will be ten more properties than there were in Cadiz Court.

All will be made available first to local people and key workers such as nurses and police officers.

The council has pledged that 75 per cent will be rented out through their bidding system.

There will be 45 car parking spaces and one cycle storage unit. To lessen environmental impact plans include 17 sets of solar panels and two glass roofs.

Council bosses are in talks with the housing association Metropolitan Housing Trust who are expected to take ownership of the land later this month.

Village councillor Lee Waker said demolition had taken a long time to start because negotiations had been going on about the details of the development.

He said: "Altogether I 'm pretty confident it's going to be a good scheme. We've seen some other schemes in the borough where people have been shoved in a block and it's been privately rented with no controls.

"This won't be like that because we've consulted closely with residents.

"We've held out to try and get the best scheme that could go there and that would fit in with the local residents and the new people moving in.


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