Work has begun to prepare for the regeneration of Dagenham's Leys Estate and Barking's Gascoigne Estate.
Barking and Dagenham Council said demolition work has already started at the Leys’ Birdbrook Close, where 85 new council homes will be built by autumn 2014, while phase two of the scheme would knock down blocks on neighbouring Wellington Drive.
On the Gascoigne Estate, preparation work has begun for the demolition of 12-storey Grange House, ahead of the area’s redevelopment with a mixture of houses and low-rise flats.
Other tower blocks scheduled for demolition in the area are Cobham House, Lexham House and Basing House.
Councillor Cameron Geddes, Barking’s regeneration lead, said the redevelopments were evidence of the authority’s commitment to improving the borough.
“These are just two of the many regeneration projects that are taking place across the borough," he said. “Despite the difficult economic climate, we’re determined to improve the lives of residents and to give them better places to live.”
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