[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Friday, 6 August, 2004, 05:27 GMT 06:27 UK
Residents fight demolition plans
A community action group in Oldham is vowing to fight plans to demolish hundreds of homes in Derker.

Local residents were meeting council officials on Friday after accusing the authority of ignoring their concerns.

Hundreds of houses in Derker are due to be pulled down as part of the government's multi-million pound Housing Market Renewal project.

Similar schemes are planned for other parts of Oldham as well as Rochdale, Manchester and Salford.

Action group member Mark McLean said feelings are running high among local people.

"They will have to bring the bailiffs, bring the boot boys and they will have to walk over our younger members to get to the older members.

"And we will do it very, very public - they are not having our houses."

Another resident, Gillian Andrews, whose home is earmarked for demolition, added: "It would be devastating really; there's a lot of family history with this house.

"It was left to our children by my husband's grandmother, who was a lovely woman.

"It was a haven of safety to my husband when he was a child - it would just be devastating on a personal level as well as the complete removal of choice."


SEE ALSO:
23m regeneration bid for Oldham
03 Mar 04  |  Manchester


RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific