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Renewed efforts to redevelop derelict street in Southend
8:00am Saturday 10th November 2012 in Local News
COUNCIL bosses believe “renewed” efforts are being made to bring a street of derelict office blocks into the 21st century.
Nigel Holdcroft, the Tory leader of Southend Council, said he was heartened by recent developments in Victoria Avenue.
The street, which acts as the gateway to Southend, has been in terminal decline since its Sixties heyday, with five of the nine major tower blocks lining the road now completely empty.
However, developer Runwood Homes recently submitted plans to convert the eyesore Victoria House - one of the empty blocks - into 36 luxury flats, with a small supermarket on the ground floor.
The move follows the ongoing demolition of Portcullis House, which is being bulldozed to clear the land on which it stands for redevelopment, and the council’s attempts to convince an investor with a £6billion property portfolio to help regenerate the area.
Mr Holdcroft said: “Without commenting on the merits or otherwise of the specific planning application, it is heartening that a number of the owners of blocks down Victoria Avenue are making renewed efforts to regenerate the area.
“I can confirm that the council is continuing to investigate all possible opportunities to further accelerate the process.”
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