Council pleased to see homes demolished
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing
Council pleased to see homes demolishedImage: Empty home via Shutterstock
Barnet Council as welcomed the demolition of five derelict homes on its patch.
The properties near the A406 North Circular Road were inherited by Transort for London in a dilapidated condition in July 2000.
Acquired by the TfL's predecessor organisation, the Highways Agency, under compulsory purchase orders, the homes were originally set to be demolished to make way for a planned highway junction improvement scheme.
However, the scheme was not built during the time in which the Highways Agency had responsibility for the North Circular Road, and in March 2014 TfL approved the demolition of the properties.
Councillor Dean Cohen, chairman of the environment committee, said: “These buildings have been a local eyesore for some time and when I became councillor I vowed I would help get them demolished.
“Over recent months we have been in detailed talks with TfL to bring about a resolution and I am sure local residents are as delighted as I am to see them flattened.”
Residents and members of the synagogue Beis Hamedrah Ohr Chodosh welcomed the arrival of diggers on site to demolish the buildings.
One Barnet resident, Sandra Samuels, said: “It’s the biggest relief to see them go, it’s made all the work and effort worthwhile. We are very grateful to Barnet Council’s Environmental Health Team, they have been fantastic.”