Please save our Victorian homes of 11-17 Southwell Road, Bangor, Co. Down from demolition and allow all residents to remain living there.

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Please could you support our petition regarding saving numbers 11-17 Southwell Road.

Currently, as part of the Queen's Parade development, there is a planned proposal to demolish these homes. The homes are situated at the Southwell Road/ King Street perimeter, and are not a hindrance to the Queen's Parade development which is taking place. It is not as if these houses are an obstacle to the development, as they are not actually in the centre of the site. The Queen’s Parade development can be built without demolishing these houses.

In two of the development plans, the proposal was to keep the houses. Therefore, surely it is not a requirement to remove them. What is the problem in keeping them we ask! Is it another money making exercise for the developers?

We do not see the point in knocking down unique, Victorian homes which are in good structural condition and a key part of Bangor's heritage, in order to replace them with 2016/ 2017 modern flats.

Regarding number 15, the Reynolds family have lived there for 85 years. This property was the residence of the late Dr. Hugh Francis Reynolds M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O., who held his practice there, and his wife Mrs. Mabel Reynolds. Other residents were J.J. Reynolds (retired RIC) and F.J. Reynolds (retired RAF/ Royal Mail Manager). The current resident is Gavan Reynolds. The Reynolds family, who stay in Scotland, visit their ancestral home regularly, and also consider it their home that they love dearly.

These are not just buildings, but homes with a background and culture, which are significant to those living there.

Remember the Tonic Cinema, Pickie Pool, Barry's Amusements, the beaches and other Victorian homes! These are all key pillars of Bangor's culture, which were demolished. 

The people of Bangor deserve better, and we should preserve Ulster and Ireland's heritage. 

Please sign to save our homes. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Many thanks,

Gavan and Frank Reynolds

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