Old blocks of flats at Troy Court now being demolished

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BLOCKS of flats which have stood in Grands Vaux for decades are being torn down as part of a major redevelopment of the area.

Demolition of Troy Court Picture: ROB CURRIE. (26998484)

The initial phase of the social-housing development at Troy Court saw new blocks built behind the existing buildings.

Now, the ageing flats, which were vacated last year, are being demolished. When complete, the site will comprise dozens of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.

Troy Court was the focus of public outrage in 1989, when the States decided to sell the estate to a Guernsey businessman, leaving tenants facing huge rent increases.

The move prompted the formation of the Les Vaux Housing Trust, which bought the block using more than £5 million lent by the States, saving 96 families from eviction.

The idea was proposed by the late Deputy John N Le Fondré – the father of the current Chief Minister – who suggested that a housing association be created which would borrow money, at a fixed interest rate of 4%, from the States to purchase the property. The rents of the tenants would then be used to fund loan repayments and maintenance.

The final payment of that loan was made in 2013, and in 2014 the trust announced plans to redevelop the site.

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