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Wrexham's landmark Hightown flats to be demolished

Hightown flats, Wrexham
Image caption The Hightown flats (white buildings) have been a Wrexham landmark for more than 40 years

Preparations are due to get under way to demolish a 41-year-old landmark block of flats in Wrexham.

Contractors will begin clearing Hightown Flats and securing the site before demolishing the buildings.

They will be replaced by houses as part of Wrexham council's aim to build more than 2,000 affordable homes by 2021.

The council gave notice in 2009 that it intended to demolish the flats, which it said needed "major repairs", some of which were required "without delay".

Under the demolition notice, the local authority has until December 2014 to complete the demolition.

'Soft stripping'

It is not clear when demolition work will begin.

The council is preparing to hand over ownership and responsibility for the site to KDC Demolition Contractors.

They are likely to spend the next few weeks setting up site and "soft stripping" internal materials.

It will also be secured with a two metre-high (6.6ft) steel boarding.

A newsletter is being circulated to advise local residents of progress.

Coun George James, who represents the Hermitage ward, said it was a "brave move" to demolish the flats.

He added: "Everything has gone to plan and I would like to thank everyone in the Hightown area for their co-operation."

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