Goodbye to 40 eyesore houses across Forest of Dean
BULLDOZERS moved in this week to knock down the very last of a 1950s blot on the Forest of Dean's landscape.
Demolition men have been going about the business of pulling down 40 concrete Cornish homes across the district, the last two of which, in Pylers Way, Lydney, have just been battered into submission.
The ugly homes, which are poorly insulated and prone to structural defects, were inherited by Two Rivers Housing when it took on the housing stock in the area 10 years ago.
It has replaced them with 80 eco-friendly new-builds.
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"Concrete technology was still developing when these homes were built in the 1950s and, although they have lasted well, there were faults in their construction which meant they had to be replaced," said Two Rivers' head of maintenance Andrew Treweek.
"We phased the replacement programme over five years and worked with tenants to find them temporary accommodation while the building work was carried out.
"The two properties in Pylers Way are the last of our Cornish homes and, when the project is complete, Two Rivers will have provided two brand new homes for every one of the old houses."
In Mitcheldean, four Cornish homes have been replaced with seven new houses. The figures are the same in Littledean.
In Sling, 14 of the houses have gone, replaced by 18 new ones. In Joys Green, two were knocked down and seven built in their place.
In Hollydean, Cinderford, ten went and 15 sprung up; in Naas Lane, Lydney, two were demolished and 11 built and in Woolaston six new homes replaced two Cornish houses.