Councillor Michael Williams said Mark Bridger's rented house had served as a painful reminder of the loss of April Jones, until the property was demolished today.
The parents of five-year-old girl April Jones say they are relieved the 'House from Hell' - where it is believed their daughter was murdered - has been demolished.
April Jones' parents have told me how important it is to be here today for the final demolition of her killer's house.
Mr and Mrs Jones also said they did not want the house to be a 'memorial site' to their daughter.
April Jones' family are watching the final stages of the demolition in silence. April's brother and sister are here too, standing near their parents.
The family have walked hand-in-hand to join locals standing at the top of the hill overlooking the cottage to watch it be destroyed.
Some local residents are in tears as they quietly watch. The final work is expected to take two hours.
The parents of murdered schoolgirl April Jones, Paul and Coral, are present to see the demolition of the house where Mark Bridger lived in Ceinws, Powys.
A Cardiff demolition team have been working on the site for days.
It is understood the Welsh Government bought the property for £149,000 so it could be destroyed.
Demolition work is due to finish today on the house where it is believed Machynlleth schoolgirl April Jones was murdered.
The house - situated in Ceinws, Powys - was the home of Mark Bridger, who was found guilty of killing the five-year-old.
It was bought by the Welsh Government following his trial.
Work has begun to tear down the former home of Mark Bridger, who was jailed for the murder of five-year-old April Jones.
On Friday workmen began removing the roof of the cottage at Ceinws, Powys, where it is believed Bridger murdered April after snatching her from a street near her home in Machynlleth.
The house will be fully demolished on Monday.
The parents of the murdered schoolgirl say April's "spirit can be free".
The Welsh Government paid the owner of the cottage £149,000 for the property, the same sum he had paid for it in 2008, after pleas from April's family for it to be demolished.
It was originally thought that Mark Bridger's appeal bid would be heard by leading judges at the Court of Appeal in London on January 24.
Bridger, a father of six, snatched April near her home in Machynlleth, Mid Wales, on 1st October 2012. Her body has never been found.
Sentencing Bridger in May, Mr Justice Griffith Williams said: "There is no doubt in my mind that you are a paedophile, who has for some time harboured sexual and morbid fantasies about young girls."
Mark Bridger, who was convicted of the murder of five-year-old April Jones, has abandoned his application for permission to appeal against his whole-life tariff, the Judicial Office confirmed today.