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Demolition day in Dingwall as former Meiklefield Road resident - keen to return - strikes the first blow in preparation for new housing development


By Hector MacKenzie

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Pictured L to R are Rab Blyth; Faye Dyer; rory MacLeod; Cllr Margaret Paterson; Megan and Janet MacLean.
Pictured L to R are Rab Blyth; Faye Dyer; rory MacLeod; Cllr Margaret Paterson; Megan and Janet MacLean.

Demolition day has arrived for a number of properties on Meiklefield Road, Dingwall to make way for the development of 14 new homes.

Central Demolition have set up on site and are carrying out pre-demolition works to odd numbered properties from 1 to 23.

The project team say they are delighted to take a step forward to creating modern, accessible, energy efficient and affordable housing in the area.

Making a special appearance on site to strike the first blow was Janet MacLean, who has lived in the flats since 1977. She is looking forward to moving back into one of the new homes when they are completed.

She said: “I have nice neighbours at Fingal Road, but I have lived in Meiklefield Road for over 43 years and I can’t wait to move back as that is where my heart belongs. I am so happy to get the opportunity to move into the new flat which will be modern and easier to look after.”

Accompanying her as she took the first blow was her grand-daughter Megan, Councillor Margaret Paterson, housing manager Rory MacLeod, housing options officer Faye Dyer, and site manager Rab Blyth.

Councillor Paterson said: “It is an end of an era, there was always a warm welcome in Meiklefield. The people lived, loved and laughed here and will do again soon.”

The demolition work is estimated to take 12 weeks, and the contractor will do all they can to minimise disruption in the area.

The community can engage in the project by contacting the dedicated officer Faye Dyer either by phone 01349 886602, by emailing meiklefield.matters@highland.gov.uk or by using the post box at the Dingwall Service Point.

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