Bulldozers move in

THE demolition of a rundown shopping area – signalling the development of more than 20 new homes – has been welcomed in Great Cornard.

Excavators moved in to demolish the former Poplar Road shopping precinct earlier this week as part of a regeneration project which will see 23 affordable homes built.

District councillor Peter Beer said he was happy to see the demolition of the 1970s shopping area – a process expected to be finished by the end of next week – get under way.

“This work is long overdue and something that I have followed for the last 10 years,” he said.

“I am pleased it is now at the stage where these shops are being removed and affordable housing created.”

The work is part of a £6million regeneration programme for the village. Six new shops and 21 flats were unveiled earlier this year.

Mr Beer added: “There has been lots of input and support from shopkeepers and those in the village, so I am sure people will be pleased when it is finished.”

Site manager John Plested said workers on the revitalisation project, which is being undertaken by housing specialist Lovell in partnership with Babergh District Council and Flagship Housing Group, were taking steps to ensure businesses and the nearby Pot Kiln Primary School would not be adversely affected by the work.

“Our team is pleased to be starting work on the demolition which has been much anticipated and a lot of people have told the site team how glad they are to see the shops finally coming down,” said Mr Plested.

The homes are set to be completed by next spring.