Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

70pc Back Demolition Plans for Housing

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

70pc Back Demolition Plans for Housing

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Byline: Sandy Mckenzie

More than 70pc of people back the demolition of some of Middlesbrough's central terraced housing, according to surveys published today.

The results will be used to back Middlesbrough Council's bid for government cash towards a massive pounds 160m regeneration plan.

The proposals include the demolition of 1,500 homes in the Gresham area.

Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon urged all sides to reflect on the result which shows that a majority support the council's proposals.

But Councillor Ken Walker, a leading opponent of the scale of demolition, stressed it was no surprise people in non-demolition areas had backed a scheme which would improve their homes and areas.

But that support was conditional on residents being properly looked after and compensated for the loss of their homes, he said.

A MORI poll was conducted among 619 residents in the six terraced housing areas and a second survey was also carried out among the council's Voiceover panel of 1,250 residents.

In the MORI poll 71pc of residents agreed and 10pc disagreed they would support demolition of some of the terraced housing if residents were offered similar or better homes and were fully compensated. The figures in the Voiceover survey were 77pc agreeing and 12pc disagreeing.

Other results were:

* 72pc in the MORI poll (76pc in Voiceover) agreed the council's proposals would help improve the area and 14pc (10pc) disagreed. …

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