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Demolition of city homes begins

Demolition (Pic: John Easton)
Officials said materials removed from the buildings will be recycled where possible.

Work has started on demolishing old housing blocks in the Pennywell and Muirhouse areas of Edinburgh as part of a redevelopment project.

Three blocks of houses at Muirhouse Way and Muirhouse Avenue are being taken down.

The project is part of the 21st Century Council Homes for Edinburgh Programme.

Officials said materials removed from the buildings would be recycled where possible. The work is due to be completed by Safedem in 10-12 weeks.

The structure of the buildings is being taken down by machine before being turned into rubble and reused.

The community have been waiting for this and are looking forward to all the expected improvements
Roy Douglas
Community council chairman

The concrete will be crushed into small pieces which can then be used as hardcore material to form new roads or foundations for new houses.

Paul Edie, Edinburgh City Council housing leader, said: "This is an exciting time in Muirhouse. There is definitely a sense of out with the old and in with the new.

"We are working closely with the community to make sure they are involved in the regeneration process and that they are fully informed about what's going on.

"I look forward seeing new homes being built on this land and the creation of new communities in this neighbourhood."

Roy Douglas, chairman of Muirhouse and Salvesen Community Council, said: "It's good to see work actually starting on the site.

"The community have been waiting for this and are looking forward to all the expected improvements.

"I've been working with the council and Safedem to address community concerns about safety issues, particularly during the site clearance; we are making sure that site traffic does not cause any danger to children going to school."

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