The first of two blocks of flats in Forgewood left derelict by absentee landlords has been demolished by North Lanarkshire Council.
Last summer Motherwell West councillor Paul Kelly demanded action after a fire partially destroyed the building 2-16 Kylemore Crescent.
The fire was thought to have been started by people breaking into the empty flats to take drugs and Councillor Kelly said it was unacceptable to allow the dangerous eyesore to remain standing.
Councillor Kelly was backed by council leader Jim McCabe and the council tried to contact the owners of two blocks which were both in a similar state of disrepair.
However, with being met by silence they used legal powers to compulsory purchase the land and 2-16 Kylemore Crescent, which sits opposite Braidhurst High, was the first to be knocked down.
Councillor Kelly said: “I am delighted to see the derelict flats finally being knocked down.
“This has been a lengthy campaign but I want thank the council for taking this action.
“This will serve as a reminder to landlords who choose to let their property fall into such a condition that the council will act.
“I hope this is a step forward in trying to improve the environment for local residents and I will be having further meetings with the council regarding the wider Woodville rise area.
“There are a great deal of positives in Forgewood at present with the new community centre and the recent success of local boxer Reece McFadden at the Commonwealth Games.
“I really feel working with the community we can keep driving Forgewood forward.”
Next to be demolished will be the block of flats at 65-75 Dalriada Crescent.