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A 70s Closure of Tate and Lyle. 

Joel: “Scottie Press predicts the Tate & Lyle closure nearly a decade before the sugar refinery finally shut its doors in 1981. The factory was one of the leading employers in the local community, and after the news broke, residents campaigned against the workforce’s dismantling and the deliberate decimation of the factory. The issue would be covered regularly by journalists for over ten years.” 

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80s Battle for Baths.

“The Council decided to shut down a popular local washhouse against local people’s wishes – causing the community to fight against the decision at a council committee meeting. Soon an action group formed, and there were multiple pickets outside the Town Hall. This campaign continued throughout the year and eventually succeeded by getting the promise of new facilities from the Council before the washhouse got demolished.”

 
 
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Keep Campion as Campion.
 

“After the Council proposed Campion school to amalgamate into another local school, it led to outraged parents that started to lobby the decision. The Scottie Press reported on parents’ responses and investigated their reasons to keep it open; it found that Campion was financially stable and producing good exam results at the time. The Scottie Press’s reports caused difficult questions for the Council, and after a Parents Action Committee formed and a petition raised many signatures, the school stayed open.” 

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What Future for The Flower Streets?
 

“In the 90s, residents complained about no regeneration plan for the iconic Kirkdale Flower Streets that had begun to decay. The article in Scottie Press also revealed that many of the houses – which were rented – had been sold off without tenants knowledge. It led to a residents committee and an official surgery set up with local councillors and MPs to hear residents’ concerns and take action against the issues.” 

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Failed Developments – Millions Owed to Local Communities.
 

“This story made the front cover of the Scottie Press relaunch issue in December 2019. The article investigated the ongoing problem of the multiple unfinished off-plan apartment blocks blighting the local landscape. And how the companies building them owed millions of pounds to the Council and the property schemes investors.” 

Read Stuart Miles O’Hara’s interview with Scottie Press editor Joel Hansen in issue 112 now

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