Fire- hit Broomhill building faces demolition

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Demolition: Plans begin for the regeneration of Broomhill fire-hit flats

WORK to a demolish fire-damaged tenement in Broomhill has finally started.

Inverclyde council has given the authority to knock down the Drumfrochar Square flats which burst in to flames four months ago.

Many concerns have been raised following the incident about the safety of the properties after the tenements were set alight on May 30.

Flames ripped through the roof and upper floor of the empty flats and more than 20 firefighters were fought the blaze. Police appealed for information at the time and confirmed the incident was suspicious.

The flats are part of the River Clyde Homes properties and they were already set for demolition this May as part of the regeneration of the area.

Members of the public say the area will be landscaped after the buildings come down.

The Broomhill Community had organised a party in celebration of the demolished ‘Bell Towers’ River Clyde Homes and Rig Arts in the square.

The interactive event included an art exhibition with music, video projections and artwork by local artists and Broomhill residents.   Children had been invited to paint their own mini commemorative bell and had a go playing the drums.  ‘Wummin Drummin’ had undertaken the musical entertainment as well as a DJ.

Jenny Speck, Chairperson of the Broomhill Tenants and Residents Association said: “This was an excellent event to celebrate the square and bring the local community together. Everyone was welcomed to join us for our “Bye to the Bells”. The community are looking forward to seeing the changes to the area in the next few months.”

Katrina Anderson, board member of River Clyde Homes said: “I am delighted to see the progress of the works in the Broomhill area, the work on the multi storey flats is really taking shape. The event was a great opportunity to celebrate the history of the area and look to the future.”

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