RESIDENTS have told The Gazette their preferred living option when it comes to rebuilding their homes.
Queen’s Park in Layton is set to receive a £30m makeover which will see the current tower blocks demolished and replaced with more modern structures.
And new design ideas for the flats have come from all over Europe, including Holland and Austria.
But the plans tempting residents are a straightforward, three-storey design from Southampton which are much smaller than the blocks currently dominating the Blackpool skyline.
Stuart McGrory, 40, from Churchill Court, preferred the smaller option which could incorporate a garden area.
He said: “I think that design would improve the look of the area. It would have an appeal for the rest of Blackpool and with its style and display it would look good.
“If I stay here I would definitely choose that because the others don’t look good.”
The 504 existing homes could potentially be replaced by up to 250 new properties, with considerations taking place to build both family homes and smaller ones to suit existing single residents and couples.
Catherine Cook, 64, said she hoped the new designs would help to reduce noise between apartments.
She added: “If you haven’t got the high-rise flats and you have low levels, you will get to know your neighbours better.
“It should cut the noise down because these new flats will hopefully have sound-proofing.
“This estate could be a very good community if the right people remain.”
Christopher Plowman, 66, of Laycock Gate, added: “The Dutch designs are a step too far, but the one from Southampton looks fine.
“That is the best looking one for this area.
“The elderly people should be put in one area and the families will then be able to be located in more modern flats which suit them. It’s important for the community we have all ages involved.”
But Wayne Jervis, 51, from Walter Robinson Court, said all the flats needed was refurbishments.
He said: “I would rather leave them as they are.
“They are also going to have to take the shops and convenience stores down which people really rely on.
“Demolishing this site will cause a lot of people a lot of stress – we are being moved out when we don’t want to be.”