All set for North Sighthill demolition day

Three multi storey blocks at North Sighthill in Edinburgh are due to be demolished this weekend to make way for the regeneration of the area.

Glenalmond, Hermiston and Weir Courts - once home to 285 households - will be demolished by the controlled use of explosives on Sunday (25 September).

Media will be invited to film the event but members of the public are being advised to watch the demolition live on the Stevenson College website as there are no official viewing areas for the demolition. After the event it will also be shown on the Council's own You Tube channel.

The demolition is scheduled to take place late morning/early afternoon on the Sunday but is subject to change on the day.

Pushing the plunger will be nine-year-old Lewis Reynolds who designed the winning safety poster, local residents Maureen and William Murdoch who lived in Glenalmond Court for 43 years and Councillor Norman Work, Vice Convenor of the Health, Social Care and Housing Committee.

Councillor Work, said: "I know that many people will have fond memories of the North Sighthill flats but I'm also sure that most will recognise the need for progress and investment in the area.

"Sunday's demolition is part of a programme of council-led investment worth up to £150 million aiming to build 1,300 homes across the Capital. This marks a major shift in our strategy that will boost the future of social housing in Edinburgh for the 21st Century."

An exclusion zone will be set up on the day of the demolition and any residents within that area will be accommodated in a nearby reception centre.  

Some roads will be closed so motorists are advised to follow diversions and parking restrictions will be in force. Local buses are also subject to diversion.

The redevelopment of the area will see up to 320 new homes for sale and rent, half of which will be affordable.

The demolition is part of the City of Edinburgh Council's ambitious regeneration plans for the Capital - the 21st Century Homes project will see up to 1,300 new homes being built as part of new mixed tenure communities comprising 50% affordable housing (30% council homes for rent, 10% mid rent, 10% low cost home ownership) with the remainder for private sale.

The Council is leading on this major investment in these new homes, worth up to £150 million, which will see the first Council homes built in the city for a generation.

Areas included in the programme are Gracemount, North Sighthill and Pennywell and Muirhouse, where older housing has been demolished to make way for the new homes. The first new Council homes to be built will be in Gracemount where families are expected to take up residence in early 2012.

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