Woolaways demolition under way
CLEARANCE work has started ahead of the long-awaited £1.67million replacement of Woolaways council houses.
Redevelopers Lovell have begun the Minchinhampton scheme in partnership with Stroud District Council.
Trees and shrubs are being removed before the bird nesting season in readiness for building 35 new houses to rent and 31 properties for sale.
Scheme spokesman Steve Abbott said: "Asbestos removal and demolition are scheduled to take place over the period March to May."
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The council houses in Old Common and The Tynings were built as temporary homes after the Second World War.
But 60 years later the precast reinforced concrete Wool-aways were no longer fit for habitation because metal rods in the walls were corroding.
Tenants were rehoused to allow for sustainable new homes plus additional ones for sale to help finance the project.
Construction should start in August with the first completions in April or May 2014.