End of an era as Netherton tower blocks to vanish from view

Two long-standing high rise blocks are to disappear from Dudley’s skyline after decades.

Demolition work has begun at Arley and Compton Court in Netherton
Demolition work has begun at Arley and Compton Court in Netherton

Cranes have moved in to start tearing down Arley and Compton Court in Netherton to make way for new housing.

Dudley Council appointed contractors earlier this year to begin the demolition at the two blocks. Preliminary work has already taken place for their demolition, while the demolition of neighbouring Wells and Manor Court is expected to start in the coming weeks.

New housing developments will be built in their place.

Demolition work has begun at Arley and Compton Court in Netherton

Following a survey of the council’s housing stock a few years ago the four blocks, which were built in the 1960s, were deemed no longer fit for purpose and it was estimated it would cost millions of pounds to repair them and bring them up to modern-day standards.

The council took the decision to demolish the blocks – and it is currently proposed to use the land to create new and affordable homes in the area.

Councillor Laura Taylor, Dudley Council’s cabinet member for housing, communities and residents’ welfare, said: “I am really excited to see that the demolition of the blocks is making good progress and local residents can now see the landscape in Netherton begin to change and that our commitment is there to provide new housing opportunities in the local area.”

Contractors and Dudley Council are working with residents to minimise disruption as much as possible.

The demolition of Arley Court and Compton Court should be completed by December.

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