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Joy for residents as problem farm is demolished
RESIDENTS are considering holding a street party after a nuisance farm was demolished.
Neighbours said they have suffered years of problems relating to West Musgrave Farm, in Louisa Terrace, St Helen Auckland, near Bishop Auckland, and they now hope to concentrate on rebuilding their community.
Issues have included an unpleasant smell caused by onions - a problem which led to residents launching a petition to urge authorities to tackle the issue.
Tindale Developments have spent the day (Thursday, September 5) demolishing the farmhouse, which had become structurally unsafe, and removing the rubble from the site.
Developers are working on plans to build social housing in its place, although no decisions have yet been made.
One resident said: “We are over the moon. It has been like living in hell for years. Hopefully we can now move on and rebuild the community spirit we once had.”
A spokesman for Tindale Developments said: “A large crack was visible in one of the main walls making the building unsafe so we had to knock it down.
“The residents have told me they are planning on holding a street party now.”
West Auckland councillor Rob Yorke said: “I wouldn’t like to think I lived in one of these homes because of the smell. The fact that this has been put to rest and we have come out the other side shows the work which has been put in.
“We have now got to look at building a strong sustainable community and give people the good quality of life they deserve.”
Paul Shepherd is believed to have been living in the farmhouse prior to its demolition.