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£100,000 to save doomed flats!

IT will cost £100,000 to stop vandals wrecking empty homes on the Leighton Park estate ­ so they can be demolished!

IT will cost £100,000 to stop vandals wrecking empty homes on the Leighton Park estate ­ so they can be demolished!

The estate looks finally doomed for destruction as moves to knock it down gather pace today.

The demolition is expected to set the council back around £600,000, with a further £100,000 to keep the empty estate safe and secure.

This money will be offset against the receipt from the sale of the land.

Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council will hear final bids from potential developers at a full council meeting today.

Leighton Hospital has pulled out of plans for purpose-built nursing accommodation on the Crewe estate.

The council is keen to redevelop the estate, which has been plagued by high levels of crime over the past decade.

Cllr Michael Lockhart said: 'There was an option to build purpose-built accommodation for Leighton Hospital staff but that is no longer the case.

'It was simply a matter for security as much as anything. The hospital felt they would prefer to house the nurses on campus at the hospital itself.

'We have been flexible and kept all options open, deciding to retain 19 properties, including five owned by individuals.

'There are also two properties which the owners have asked the council to buy back from them.

'It is a major issue and will be considered by the full council.

Four or five developers have expressed interest and they have all been invited to make final presentations at the meeting.'

Tenants who are relocated will be paid home loss payments of £1,500 plus up to £400 disturbance expenses.

The council is to appoint a new temporary housing officer to deal with the relocation of tenants.

Phased demolition of the estate is to begin as soon as the existing tenants have been rehoused.

The area's reputation has become so bad that the council is finding it all but impossible to find tenants for the estate and more than four out of every 10 homes now lie vacant.

Some elderly residents want to stay put. They will be housed in the remaining 19 properties.

Tenants' representative Mick Stanton, of Linnet Close, who has lived on the estate for more than 25 years, said the major concern for residents was ensuring they are rehoused in homes of a similar standard.


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