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Town gets its own Monopoly board
Monopoly square
Thirty three local landmarks will feature on the new board
A Dorset town where the land is worth more than the houses built on it, is to get its own tailor-made Monopoly board.

Famous streets from the original London game, such as the Old Kent Road and Park Lane, are to be replaced by local landmarks from Bournemouth and Poole.

Sandbanks in Poole, where houses sell for millions, has been shortlisted to replace Mayfair, with a price of 400.

According to a 2006 report by the National Housing Federation Poole is the country's least affordable town.

The game's maker is to team up with tourism representatives from Bournemouth and Poole to canvass residents about which parts of the towns should make it onto the final version.

Bournemouth's Bond Street

Another highly desirable address likely to feature on the board is Westover Road in Bournemouth.

With its parade of expensive jewellers and boutiques it is known locally as Bournemouth's answer to Bond Street.

Mark Smith, head of Bournemouth Tourism, said: "It is fantastic that the real gems of Bournemouth and Poole are being recognised by the makers of Monopoly.

"Although it is impossible to put a real price tag on our treasures such as the seven miles of golden sands and award-winning blue flag beaches, I'm sure the public will have much fun debating where they should be featured on the board."

The customised version is due to be on shop shelves by October.

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