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Demolition of eyesore Telford estate is to start

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Demolition of parts of an eyesore estate in Telford is about to start in a £6 million regeneration project.

‘Superb’ – Arnold England

Work to transform the centre of Brookside will begin next week after the project for new shops and open spaces was approved by Telford & Wrekin Council's cabinet.

A supermarket, including a post office, is amongst the shops planned for the new district centre.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2014 and once the new shops are finished the existing buildings will be demolished.

Councillor Shaun Davies, cabinet member for co-operative council and neighbourhood services, said work would start on Monday, adding: "The contracts are ready to be signed. There has been a massive amount of consultation in our co-operative council pilot ward.

"It's going to completely transform the centre of Brookside."

Flats in the area will be demolished as part of the plan and bungalows built, which will be managed by Wrekin Housing Trust."

Councillor Arnold England, who is a ward councillor for Brookside, said the considerable consultation had led to some of the plans being changed.

He said: "It's been absolutely superb. It's been wonderful to be part of it."

In her report to last night's meeting, funding and investment team leader Kathy Mulholland said the masterplan had been drawn up with members of the community to address some of their issues with the dated estate centre.

She said that the masterplan allowed for new shops on an area of open space next to the existing centre.

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