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Reading 'eyesore' demolition set to begin

The demolition of a "long-standing community eyesore" on Southampton Street in Reading is set to begin on Wednesday.

The derelict buildings located on the corner of the street have been an "eyesore for too many years" according to Councillor Tony Page, who leads the strategic environment, planning and transport team at Reading Borough Council.

Mr Page, who has expressed his delight at the demolition of the buildings, explained that the project was delayed while the council tried to trace the owner of one of the properties. However, after failing to do so the building was handed over to the crown to enable the work to begin on the buildings, which are now considered unstable.

The project is expected to cause disruption in the local area for its duration, with plans to block of lanes of traffic where necessary. Speaking about the expected disruption, Mr Page said: "We apologise to all roads users and local residents for the inconvenience and would ask them to bear with us whilst this important piece of work takes place."

Reading Borough Council are now accepting option ideas for the future use of the site, which will be considered once the council has successfully gained full ownership.

Published December 4, 2013 | Back to demolition news | Subscribe to our rss feed | Bookmark and Share