Demolition of a former sheltered housing block in Lawford has begun.
Tendring District Council (TDC) moved residents out of the main block of Honeycroft in October 2017, and took a decision to close the site permanently in March 2018.
Contractors SRC Group began the strip out of the building in Waldegrave Way in December, and work has now started this week on the final demolition.
Demolition work is due to be completed by mid-March 2021. TDC is drawing up proposals for the site’s future.
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Carlo Guglielmi, TDC Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Governance, said a new future was on the horizon for the site.
“As demolition gets underway we’re writing the final chapter of Honeycroft; during its existence it did serve several hundreds of very happy residents really well, since it opened its doors in the late 60’s, but the type of accommodation offered here became quite outdated against the current options in Sheltered Housing ” Councillor Guglielmi said.
“Once the site is cleared we can look at what we do next with the site, which is sensitive to its surroundings.”
Some residents still live in bungalows around Honeycroft, and work is being carried out sensitively to minimise disruption to them.