Tower Block Demolition Delayed

The demolition of the three Blackpool tower blocks has been put on hold.

Elizabeth Court, Churchill Court and Walter Robinson Court were due to be brought down by an explosive demolition on Sunday May 15.

However there will be a delay to works with more time needed to ensure the safe demolition of the blocks.

Steve Walker, commercial manager for housing developer Lovell, said: “We are very disappointed that the demolition will not be happening on the date planned, however, the most important consideration is that the work goes ahead safely.

“Our demolition subcontractor has advised that more time is needed and the demolition has therefore been postponed until later this summer. We will continue to keep residents fully informed.”

Coun Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council, said: “We have been notified by our contractors, Lovell, that the preparatory work needed for the safe demolition of the tower blocks will not be complete in time for May 15.

“While this is disappointing, as residents had already been notified of the date, the priority is for the work to be carried out safely not quickly.

“We have to listen to what the experts are telling us and if they say the demolition can’t take place on that day then we are in agreement with them.

“All affected residents will receive a letter to inform them that the demolition has been delayed. A new date will be set in the coming weeks.”

Demolition Drop-In Event

Forshaw Demolition will be holding an informal consultation event for those residents who are affected by the demolition on Thursday 14th April. A temporary meeting room is being set up in the Lidl Car Park and the Forshaw’s team will be on hand between 1.00pm and 6.00pm to deal with resident queries. Please take the opportunity to call on them if there are concerns you want to discuss.