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Residential Properties (Blight)

Volume 984: debated on Thursday 15 May 1980

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asked the Minister of Transport what is the total cost of acquisition of residential properties under the blight provisions for proposed roads by the Department of Transport or its predecessor for the financial years 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78 and 1978–79.

I regret that this information is not readily available and could not be obtained without disproportionate cost.

asked the Minister of Transport whether any surveys have been carried out to establish if residential owners of properties blighted by road proposals can sell successfully on the open market; and, if so, at what percentage of the unblighted value.

No such surveys have been carried out. However, we purchase property suffering blight only where the owner can show that he has not been able to sell at a reasonable market value. Considerable evidence on the problems

PEDESTRIAN CASUALTIES AND ACCIDENTS INVOLVING ONE VEHICLE AND ONE OR MORE PEDESTRIANS: BY POLICE FORCE: GB: 1977–1978.
Police ForcePedestrian CasualtiesNumber Accidents
1977197819771978
Metropolitan Police16,94016,43115,02614,727
Cumbria482481443446
Lancashire1,6861,8431,5651,700
Merseyside2,5222,5402,3922,422
Greater Manchester4,1314,1013,8423,741
Cheshire775819712764
Northumbria1,8951,8531,7781,693
Durham629628596580
North Yorkshire600629447430
West Yorkshire2,8602,9952,7222,803
South Yorkshire1,7101,7361,5811,523
Humberside909920848811
Cleveland933787874733
West Midlands4,2233,9203,9503,670
Staffordshire1,0621,038999967
West Mercia810812756757
Warwickshire370371331329
Derbyshire1,0251,006959921
Nottinghamshire1,0691,2339901,138
Lincolnshire456391410366
Leicestershire949841879789
Northamptonshire494456452386
Cambridgeshire411381371295
Norfolk541526492467
Suffolk430448389398
Bedfordshire560551483476
Hertfordshire652626593536
Essex1,2511,2731,1271,134
Thames Valley1,4851,4261,3431,291
Hampshire1,6011,4631,4791,317
Surrey651651553561
Kent1,3971,3941,2721,269
Sussex1,3431,2311,2331,107
City of London251215234204
Devon and Cornwall1,3371,3671,2231,239
Avon and Somerset1,1981,1761,0861,054
Gloucestershire400408362362
Wiltshire439471406428
Dorset569580530528
North Wales666651598594
Gwent504473453426
South Wales1,5041,6081,4261,486
Dyfed-Powys297348271323
Northern212224194210
Grampian583642520550
Tayside463512435470

caused by blight is, therefore, continuously available to us.