The first block of the Woodside estate has been knocked
down this month. The site foreman told the Messenger this
was a test, to see how difficult it would be to demolish blocks
on such a steep slope.They’re planning to leave the trees
to help stabilise the site, which will be grassed over for the foreseeable
Previous reports suggested the site could be left for at least
five years, and then be sold for private development, but housing
officials have said they are open to suggestions.
The demolition of the first block has gone smoothly, taking about
eight weeks. Plans are in place for demolition of the rest of the
estate, although no timetable has been set yet. The Messenger
continues to receive complaints from the remaining residents, angry
about neglect and concerned about the disruption during demolition.