Five derelict properties acquired as part of a road improvement scheme more than 20 years ago have been demolished by Transport for London with the help of Barnet Council.
The properties on Brentmead Place near the A406 North Circular Road junction with Golders Green Road and Brent Street, were inherited by TfL in a dilapidated condition in July 2000.
The properties had been acquired some time ago under compulsory purchase orders by TfL’s predecessor, the Highways Agency, for their proposed highway junction improvement scheme.
The scheme was not built during the time in which the Highways Agency had responsibility for the North Circular Road, and in March 2014 TfL approved the demolition of the properties. TfL has worked with Barnet Council on the demolition of the properties.
Councillor Dean Cohen, Chairman of the Environment Committee, said: “These buildings have been a local eyesore for some time and when I became councillor I vowed I would help get them demolished.
“Over recent months we have been in detailed talks with TfL to bring about a resolution and I am sure local residents are as delighted as I am to see them flattened.”
Michele Dix, Managing Director of Planning at TfL, said: “We are working with local authorities across London and are investing £4 billion over the next eight years to deliver the Mayor’s Roads Task Force recommendation for world class roads and streets for the Capital.
“As part of this we are working to reduce the impact arterial roads can have on local communities and are pleased to be making this long overdue improvement in this location”.