RUN-DOWN blocks of flats in Hounslow West were this week demolished to make way for the first of nearly 200 new homes.
Four buildings on the Beavers Lane estate went under the wrecking ball on Monday as work began on a massive rebuilding project, which has received more than £8million of public funding.
The scheme, organised by Hounslow Homes, in conjunction with United
House and A2Dominion Housing Group, will see 64 affordable rented homes, 30 shared-ownership properties and 96 homes for general sale built on the site.
Tenants should be able to move into the first of the new properties, including 32 homes for social rent, when they are completed early next year.
Mohammad Chaudry, chairman of Hounslow Homes' board, briefly took control of a digger to mark the start of the demolition on Monday.
A total of £5.3m has been allocated to the project by the London Development Agency and Hounslow Council's Capital Programme.
In addition, the Homes & Communities Agency has allocated nearly £3million of direct grant funding to Hounslow Homes, the council's arms-length management organisation for housing.
Councillor Jon Hardy, Hounslow Council's executive member for housing, welcomed the news and said the new housing was badly needed.
He said: "At present, there is a shortage of affordable family-sized homes and some families are forced to live in overcrowded conditions while others spend long periods in temporary accommodation."