The demolition of decaying buildings at a key gateway into Mansfield is paving the way for a new era of housing for the area, Mansfield District Council has said.
Workers are making rapid progress in bulldozing the Victoria flats in the Princess Street area of the town.
Using state of the art equipment, contractors Total Reclaims Demolition have already knocked down the community centre and are making rapid progress with the demolition of five blocks of flats.
Coun Brian Lohan, who has campaigned for years to have the dilapidated buildings brought down and brought the issue before full council, is pleased that real progress is now being made.
He said: “It’s taken a lot of years to get it done, but as far as I’m concerned, I’m glad to see it finally happen.
“We need some investment back in the town.
“These buildings are the first thing you see when you come in to Mansfield on the train.
“It’s been like it for 10 long years, and that’s been frustrating.”
The rubble and timber extracted from the site will be cleaned up and recycled.
Work is due to be completed in June.
The council is currently looking at a range of new housing options for the site.
Once a decision has been made, consultation with local residents will take place as part of the planning application process.
Visiting the site, the new mayor of Mansfield, Kate Allsop, said: “It is so uplifting to see the progress that has been made here. These flats have seen years of neglect and have been an eyesore for the local community.
“Their clearance heralds an exciting new development of housing that will enhance the area and demonstrate our commitment to providing quality homes for the people of Mansfield.”