Fifty-year-old flats fall

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ONE of Wigan’s earliest development of flats is fast disappearing from the Wigan skyline.

Limefield Flats off Upper Morris Street have been visible in Scholes since the 1960s but now the three blocks, with a feature garden between, are being demolished.

Limefield flats following the gas explosion - they are now being demolished

Limefield flats following the gas explosion - they are now being demolished

Hard to let for a long time, Limefield was the scene of a massive gas blast which blew walls and part of the roof of one of the blocks off more than a year ago.

A man had to be rescued from his damaged flat by passers by who were later honoured by Wigan Council.

It was announced shortly after the explosion by the council that the four storey flats would be pulled down and now that time has come.

A Council spokesman said: “Demolition of the flats is progressing well with completion due in September. The site will then be landscaped and maintained. There are no specific plans at this point in time but following demolition, it will be considered as a potential regeneration site for the future.”