Work has begun on pulling down a house in Derby where six children were killed in a house fire.
Plans to create a memorial garden on the site of the former home of the Philpott family have been shelved,with plans for new houses instead.
A celebration of the six Philpott children who died in a Derby house fire will take place on the first anniversary of their deaths.
Demolition work will begin today on the house in Derby, where six children were killed in a house fire.
The demolition on Victory Road, where the Philpott children died, will take up to three weeks. The site is going to be developed into new housing.
Mick and Mairead Philpott were jailed in April for deliberately starting the blaze.
Contractors that will demolish the Derby house where six children died in a blaze started by their parents are to donate their fees to Derbyshire Children's Holiday Centre in Skegness, which provides disadvantaged local children with holidays in the town.
The work will see 18 Victory Road and neighbouring property number 20 razed to the ground.
Derby City Council says the plans to build new homes on the site of the former Philpott home instead of a memorial garden for the Philpott children, was the majority decision by people living in the surrounding area.
Councillor Baggy Shanker, Cabinet Member for Housing and Advice states,
“I am very happy that together with the local community we have come to a conclusion about the preferred outcome of 18/20 Victory Road...We will now proceed with the formal planning process to make this happen continuing to work with local residents as we move forward.”
The council says the consultation was done in two stages - with all houses in the vicinity of the property contacted through a combination of letters and visits.
- Stage 1: 76% local residents voted in favour of a housing redevelopment of the site
- Stage 2: 89% voted in favour of the proposed design for the redevelopment.
The site of the family home set alight by Mick and Mairead Philpott killing six of their children will not now become a public memorial garden.
Derby city council says it intends to build more housing on the site instead after residents gave their overwhelming support for a new residential development - rather than a permanent reminder of what happened.
Ten-year-old Jade Philpott and her five brothers all lost their lives in the fire.
Derby City Council is today clearing out the former home of the Philpott family.
Dwayne, Jade, John, Jack, Jesse and Jayden died from smoke inhalation after a blaze at the property on Victory Road in Allenton in the early hours of May 11th 2012.
The father of the children, Mick Philpott, their mother Mairead and Paul Moseley were all jailed for their manslaughter.
The house will eventually be demolished.
Derbyshire Police refuse to comment on reports that Mairead Philpott will appeal her 17 year sentence for the deaths of her six children in a house fire in Derby.
Mick and Mairead Philpott, the parents of the children, were jailed last month for manslaughter, along with friend Paul Mosley.
Jade Philpott, 10, and brothers John, nine, Jack, seven, Jesse, six, and Jayden, five, died on the morning of the fire and Duwayne, 13, died three days later in hospital.
Exactly a year after six children from the same family died in a house fire, a celebration day in their memory has been held in Derby.
On May 11 2012, a fire started by their father, Mick Philpott, killed the children on Victory Road.
A Remembrance Service will take place this evening at St. George's Parish Church, Derby, in honour of the six Philpott children.
1pm: Welcoming with Mickey and Mini Mouse.
1.15pm: The Mayor of Derby, Councillor Lisa Higginbottom, will officially open the event.
1.30pm: Six doves, one representing each of the children, will be released in their memory. A song, written by Derby resident Keira Gill, will be sung, followed by the recital of a poem.
1.45pm: A performance from a children's choir.
2pm: Magic show.
2.30pm: Performance by a singing and dancing troupe.
3pm: Dog show with a range of fun classes.
4pm: Fancy dress competition with prizes for different age groups.