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Abseilers prepare to descend Erith tower block

PUBLISHED: 17:37 12 April 2012

Abseilers will descend the Larner Road tower

Abseilers will descend the Larner Road tower

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The next stage in the regeneration of Erith will be marked with an abseil 15 storeys down the side of a tower block.

A group of 30 people will descend the 150ft Medina House on Larner Road tomorrow afternoon.

They include Colyers Conservative ward Cllr Brian Bishop, who will be raising money for the Mayor’s charity, and residents who are hoping to boost the funds of a range of good causes including children’s charity Barnardos.

The event runs from noon until 5pm, unless there are high winds.

Bexley’s mayor Ray Sams is due to come and watch.

It has been organised by housing association Orbit South at the building earmarked to be demolished next year as part of the major regeneration scheme to build new homes on Larner Road.

The scheme has won funding from the Homes and Communities Agency’s national affordable homes programme with 169 homes to be built by March 2015 as part of the first phase of the work. By December last year 125 households had moved from the blocks and Orbit aims to move 10 households each month to reach its target of emptying them by spring next year.

The buildings will be demolished gradually as it is not possible to detonate them as they are near a main road and there is a risk of blowing in windows nearby. Seven tower blocks will go in all.

A planning application for the new scheme will be submitted this year.

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