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AMBITIOUS plans to transform the former Ford headquarters in Basildon into 359 flats appear to have fallen through after the site was put up for sale.
Developer Colonnade secured planning permission in January to revamp Trafford House, in Cherrydown East, into modern flats surrounded by tree-lined paths, gardens and a new terrace of shops and restaurants.
It was hoped the scheme would provide a springboard for the wider redevelopment of the town centre.
Related: Plan to turn Trafford house into 359 flats - 29 Sep 2010
THIS is the scene at the Royal Court tower blocks in Laindon as cranes carefully demolish the towers floor by floor.
Residents have been gazing through the dirt and dust as the work takes place in King Edward Road to bring down the blocks.
Once they are demolished, a mix of 76 affordable and private homes will be built on the site by housing association Family Mosaic.
Residents were moved out of the rundown blocks in October last year.
It is expected to be about two months before both towers are demolished.
A CONVICTED paedophile, who sexually assaulted a seven-year-old boy in a public toilet, has been jailed for 10-years.
Dean Freeman, 24, was living at the Felmores bail hostel at the time of the attack.
He grabbed the seven-year-old boy, dragged him into a toilet cubicle at Basildon’s Eastgate Centre and performed a sexual act on him.
Freeman formerly of Hamstel Road, Southend may never be freed.
BASILDON council leader Tony Ball wants the Royal Court tower blocks to go out with a bang.
Mr Ball accepts the landmark Laindon blocks cannot be blown up in the way industrial chimneys and some other buildings, have been dispatched in the past.
But he is keen for there to be some sort of demolition ceremony with a “theatrical” explosion to mark the end of the 50-year-old towers.
Once gone, a new community centre, shop and more homes will be developed in their place as part of the area’s regeneration.
Mr Ball said: “Negotiations are under way about this as to what could be done.
“They cannot be blown up in the traditional sense, but I would like to see something more theatrical with a token explosion.”
UPDATE: Royal Court tower blocks being demolished - 10 Oct 2011