Residents balloted on flats demolition

Hamida Master from Blackpool Council talking to Leigh Balmforth
Hamida Master from Blackpool Council talking to Leigh Balmforth
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TENANTS of a Blackpool housing estate earmarked for demolition are set to hold their own ballot of residents.

The Queens Park Residents Association says it has been contacted by many worried people following the announcement the council plans to bulldoze the high rise flats and some neighbouring streets.

Housing chiefs launched a consultation process in June with almost 70 per cent of households taking part.

The most popular choice for the future of the estate was for total demolition paving the way for a £30m new housing development.

But the residents association, which would have preferred to have seen partial demolition, is now set to run its own ballot.

Chairman Gwen King said: “We have no reason to doubt the council figures and possibly our findings will be very much the same.

“But we want to clarify the situation for residents and if we prove the council is right, I think the confidence of residents will increase and they will be more likely to co-operate with the future plans.

“We are going to put a card through everyone’s door, asking the same questions the council did.”

Among the concerns from residents is whether neighbours will be re-housed close to each other in the new development. It is hoped to get the results of the ballot next week.

The council’s survey found 103 households, a third of those who responded, had a preference for total demolition, while 84 preferred partial demolition, 75 wanted no change and 36 had no preference.

It is proposed to replace the flats with up to 250 new homes, with residents being asked to take part in the design process.

Blackpool’s head of housing Steve Matthews said their council’s consultation process had been comprehensive and all residents on the estate had been given opportunity to take part.