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Jersey tower blocks residents to be moved 'permanently'

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Image caption Some of the work would be "extremely disruptive" said Andium in the letter

People living in four Jersey tower blocks have been told they will have to move out "permanently" due to a "significant" redevelopment.

Jersey States-owned housing company Andium Homes told more than 600 residents of the 14-storey blocks at Le Marais in a letter.

It comes three years after Andium started drawing up refurbishment plans.

Andium said residents would be accommodated nearby or in the refurbished blocks.

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Image caption Andium staff will be visiting Le Marais to discuss the project and to explain how residents are likely to be affected

Andium said the project was due to begin next June and each block would take a year to complete.

It said the work would be "significant" with new bathrooms, kitchens, heating systems, sprinkler systems, plumbing and wiring all needed to bring the homes up to scratch.

Some of the work would be "extremely disruptive".

"We have taken the decision to move clients permanently from their homes," it said in the letter sent on Friday to people living at the St Clement housing estate.

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Andium staff will be visiting Le Marais on Wednesday to discuss the project and to explain how residents are likely to be affected.

Dominique Caunce from Andium said the firm had listened to residents' views.

"We cannot do the work while they are living there and we are dealing with each resident individually," she said.

People living in the first block to be refurbished would be moved to accommodation in nearby Samares and Le Squez.

Residents from the next block to be refurbished would then move in to the first block to be refurbished.

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