Avenham tower block demolition: This is what residents had to say about the demolition plan

Residents have given a mixed reaction to news three Preston apartment blocks will be demolished.
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Onward Homes announced today (July 8) that Richmond House, Lincoln House and Carlisle House in Avenham will be razed to the ground.

Having been built in the 1960s, the tower blocks require major improvements and Onward say that “whilst refurbishment would improve the flats, even with significant investment these would not match new build standards.”

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The intention is to replace the flats with modern, affordable houses.

Richmond House, AvenhamRichmond House, Avenham
Richmond House, Avenham

What does residents of Avenham tower blocks have to say?

One resident of Richmond House today said: “I’m buzzing! They’re not up to date, not up to standard at all.

"It’s £430 a month for a pokey two-bed flat, so it’s not cheap either.

"I’ll be glad to see the back of them.”

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Carlisle House, Avenham
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Another resident of Richmond House said: “They’re not as bad as they look. I’m quite happy here because it’s cheap and cheerful."

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He added: “I’ve heard that some compensation will be offered to residents, so that will help people.”

Another man from the Avenham area, who did not live in the flats, called the decision “a joke”.

He said: “They’re not that bad, they should be done up. But it’s easier for the management to blow them up, disperse any problem tenants and rebuild.

"It’s the same as what happened with Moor Lane flats – there was nothing wrong with those either.”

What will happen to residents of the Avenham tower blocks?

Households will be spoken to on an individual basis about the rehousing process.

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A spokesman said: “A comprehensive package of support will be provided to residents which will include guidance around finding a new home and bidding on properties, compensation and practical help around packing up and moving belongings.

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