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Paper gives voice to homes protest

The public has declared its opposition to plans to demolish hundreds of homes after being given a voice through its local paper.

The Nelson Leader has conducted a telephone poll as a major planning inquiry continues.

And the Leader Times Newspapers telephone poll shows three out of four people want the homes, in the Nelson West Renewal area, to stay.

The telephone poll showed 74 per cent of those who called were in favour of improving terraced homes in the Whitefield clearance area, while 26 per cent wanted to see them demolished.

The newspaper, part of the Regional Independent Media-owned East Lancashire Newspapers, admits the straw poll is not scientific – but said: “It did give the public the chance to have its say before the end of the public inquiry. The issues involved are important for the future of Nelson.”

Those in favour of retaining the homes argue they could be improved to enjoy a viable future, and that to knock them down would be to kill off a thriving multi-cultural community.

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