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Tower blocks to be demolished
Tower and Beacons flats, Hirwaun
It's not known what the tower blocks' site will be used for
Demolition teams will blow-up two tower blocks of flats in south Wales after residents demanded to be moved.

Towers and Beacons Flats in Hirwaun, Aberdare are to be razed by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council contractors.

Residents demanded to be rehoused after a consultation exercise in 2003 and the last tenants were moved in January.

"The Towers and Beacons flats are no longer a desirable place to live" said leader of the council Pauline Jarman.

The flats, which were built in the 1960s, were becoming increasingly costly to maintain and residents were unhappy with the tower blocks.

Over the last year, the council has found alternative homes for the tenants from all 192 flats and a decision was taken to demolish the buildings.

"Their condition will continue to deteriorate, with growing cost to the council tax payer," said Pauline Jarman.

"I'm sure this announcement will be much welcomed by the local residents," she added.

The demolition will take place on 30 May, during the bank holiday weekend.

It has not yet been decided what the site will be used for after the demolition.

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