Work finally got underway on Tuesday morning to demolish a derilect building which was once the headquarters of ICI in Billingham on Teesside.
It's not yet known what will be built in its place but many in Billingham regard the site as an eyesore and are just pleased to see it torn down.
Work has started on the demolition of the former ICI headquarters in Billingham on Teesside.
Stockton Council recently won a High Court battle to have Billingham House pulled down.
The demolition of the former ICI headquarters in BIllingham on Teesside will begin later today. The disused site has stood empty for more than a decade and has been at the centre of a legal wrangle between its owners and Stockton Council.
The council finally won its legal bid to have the building demolished after arguing that it was dangerous and an eyesore. Work to demolish it will be launched by a local resident who will sound an airhorn.
The wet summer has delayed demolition of one of Teesside's biggest eyesores.
Billingham House, the derelict former ICI headquarters should have been pulled down this month but should now come down in September. The building's future has been the subject of a long legal row.
Marsh House Avenue is closed in both directions, slow traffic due to accident, lorry and a car involved between A1185 Seal Sands Road and Longfellow Road / Low Grange Avenue.
The North East still has the highest unemployment rates in the country, but there is better news in Billingham, where the international firm SNF has submitted plans to build a new oil plant, which would create 250 new jobs.
The 48th Billingham International Folklore Festival started on Tuesday. The programme features world dance from as far afield as Indonesia, Romania and Canada. Performances will take place at the Festival Arena in Billingham town centre and Middlesbrough Theatre until August 18.
American firm Air Products is to build the world's largest renewable energy plant in Billingham. The plant will turn household and industrial waste into energy to power up to fifty thousand homes.
The process will also reduce the amount of rubbish buried in landfill sites. 700 construction workers will be employed to build the plant and there'll be 50 permanant jobs. Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham says he will fight to make sure the jobs go to local people.
The owners of Billingham House, Bizzy B Management, wanted to refurbish the building which Stockton Council called an eyesore. Developers took their case to The Court of Appeal but it was ruled that the former headquarters can be dismantled. The building will start to come down in August.