Council bulldozes four brand new homes costing nearly £1million

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Council bulldozes four brand new homes costing nearly £1MILLION before anyone moves in because they were flooded by poisonous carbon monoxide gas A bumbling council has bulldozed four brand new homes costing nearly £1m  The properties were razed when it was discovered they were flooded with gas  A 'burning coal seam' set off one of the carbon monoxide detectors installed  Residents have blasted the council for the £833,584.61, two-year waste of time

By Rod Ardehali For Mailonline

Published: 17:25 GMT, 3 November 2019 | Updated: 18:10 GMT, 3 November 2019

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A bumbling council has bulldozed four brand new homes costing nearly £1 million before anyone moved in because they were flooded with poisonous gas.

The unoccupied houses were razed after it was discovered they were built on top of a 'burning coal seam' which was filling them with deadly carbon monoxide.  

Construction of the four new homes began in December 2017 as part of a multi-million pound scheme to provide improved council housing across Chesterfield in Derbyshire.

After: The homes were razed so the lethal 'burning coal seam' could be removed

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A bumbling council has bulldozed four brand new homes costing nearly £1 million before anyone moved in because they were flooded with poisonous gas. The unoccupied houses were razed after it was discovered they were built on top of a 'burning coal seam' which had flooded them with deadly carbon monoxide

The problems with raised carbon monoxide levels were first discovered in December 2018 before the houses were officially handed over to the council's housing service to be let.

It's understood that the homes were still in the final stages of construction when a carbon monoxide detector installed at one of the houses activated.

A decision was then taken to bulldoze the council-owned properties just off so the lethal coal seam could be 'extracted'.

Chesterfield Borough Council now says it's currently considering its position with regards to possible legal action.

But the 'waste of public money' has sparked outrage among locals in the area after it cost £833,584.61 to build the four brand new homes.

A female Rufford Close resident, who did not want to be named, said: 'Those houses must have cost hundreds of thousands of pounds to build, so it seems a right waste.

'The money and time could have been spent on other things.

'It's better they found out now

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