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Complainant Name:
Mr Mark Chapman

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Blackpool Gazette

Complaint:

Mr Mark Chapman, on behalf of the Starr Gate Residents Association, Blackpool, complained that the newspaper had reported that a High Court ruling had thrown out planning permission for a local tram depot "on a technicality", which misleadingly understated that fact that the court had ruled that the permission was unlawful - the complainant's letter correcting this had not been published. He also considered that an illustration of the proposed depot accompanying the article had misleadingly understated its potential impact on the local area.

Resolution:

Whilst the newspaper did not believe that its coverage of the issue had been one-sided or biased, the complaint was resolved when it published a further article on the residents' opposition to the depot, and also published the original letter from the complainant.

Date Published: 03/02/2010



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