By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 01 November 2013 Updated: 01/11 09:02
WORK has begun to demolish eyesore buildings at a key town centre site.
A consultation on the area near the railway station attracted nearly 300 comments from residents, with more than 90 per cent saying they created a negative perception of the town.
Following the calls for action by Labour Parliamentary spokeswoman Rebecca Blake, alongside volunteers and borough councillors, the owners have begun clearing up some of the site which includes Clive Works and Ashleigh Works.
The former factory buildings were slammed by 79 per cent of respondents as an ‘insult to the town’s industrial heritage’, with 70 per cent saying they drove people away from that part of the town.
Ms Blake said: “Finally there is visible progress being made on the site and I would like to thank the landowners for taking action.
“Now that Asda have declared they are no longer interested in the site, I hope the future of the land can be of greater benefit to the whole community.
“There is public support for restoring our industrial heritage and in what feels like the 11th hour I hope this could be an option before it’s too late.”
A spokesman for Redditch Borough Council added: “We’re aware that some initial demolition works are set to take place in the Edward Street area. Clearly, the council is keen that this strategically important site is in as good a condition as is reasonably possible while its future is resolved.”
The official consultation sent to Redditch Borough Council has now closed but residents can e-mail email@example.com with ideas about how they would like to see the site used.
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