Hatfield tower block residents vote to tear down building

PUBLISHED: 06:58 14 October 2019 | UPDATED: 13:17 14 October 2019

Queensway House. Picture: Charlotte McLaughlin

Queensway House. Picture: Charlotte McLaughlin

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Queensway residents have voted, in the majority, for tearing down the Hatfield flats and regenerating the area.

The front door of Queensway House. Picture: Charlotte McLaughlinThe front door of Queensway House. Picture: Charlotte McLaughlin

The consultation on whether to demolish the block and regenerate the area was started by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council in August.

At a meeting of the cabinet, council officers highlighted that maintaining the nearly 60-year-old building would be costly.

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And due to uncertainty about future government legislation on tower blocks - following Grenfell - it could also prove a risky course of action.

"We agree that there would be many challenges in maintaining the building to the standard people deserve in years to come and that it does present a good opportunity to provide better housing for the future," a spokeswoman said after the council heard resident's views.

The council's cabinet is likely to make a decision next month on whether it will go with the option most residents wanted.

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