WORK to demolish a Kidderminster eyesore is set to get under way on Monday (June 17).

In February, Wyre Forest District Council and tenants Telereal Trillium finally reached an agreement for the Crown House to be knocked down - without any cost to the tax-payer.

Telereal Trillium has since appointed Elford Demolition and Remediation Ltd of Wednesbury to undertake the demolition work, which is expected to be completed in January 2020.

Demolition will begin with the removal of the podium, followed by the seven storey tower block.

Councillor Fran Oborski, cabinet member for economic regeneration at Wyre Forest Council, said: "I am delighted work to demolish Crown House will start this month with Telereal Trillium fully covering the cost.

"The demolition of this eye-sore from Kidderminster is another positive step forward for the town.

“We are working really hard alongside our partners to improve Kidderminster Town Centre with public realm works, the redevelopment of Lion Fields and opening up Worcester Street to traffic.

“I’m confident the demolition of Crown House will kick-start further opportunities to improve Kidderminster’s retail offer and revitalise the Bull Ring as a key gateway into the town.”

Jonny Pitts, planning and disposals director at Telereal Trillium, added: "Crown House has been disused and increasingly an eyesore for many years.

"We are pleased to have reached an agreement with the Council that allows the demolition of the site, unlocking new opportunities for future development and supporting the council in their transformation and revitalisation plans for Kidderminster.”