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Demolition work at Swains Lane parade finally begins

01 March, 2017 — By Dan Carrier

The work at Swains Lane, and, below, the parade as it was

IT has been more than a decade in the making but, as our pictures show, today (Wednesday) work was well underway in Swain’s Lane, Highgate, to demolish a 1920s parade and replace it with new shops and homes.

Popular independent businesses such as Cavours hardware store, Mickey the Greengrocer, Covingtons Florists and deli/café Forks and Corks had traded for years with an uncertain future ahead of them due to its owner, the Earl Of Listowel, battling to build on the land his family had owned for nearly 100 years.

But after previous attempts to develop the land had failed, the Earl finally won planning permission two years ago. He chose to sell the site to developers Noble House. Now, work to clear the site has begun, with Noble House stating a new parade could be ready to trade by the end of 2018.

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