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Resident vows to 'stay put' and says he'll 'need to be dragged' from Lanarkshire 'ghost town' home

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The last remaining resident in a condemned Wishaw housing estate says “they will need to drag” him from his home after councillors agreed the go-ahead for a compulsory purchase orderLanarkshire Live revealed back in August that Nick Wisniewski was the only resident still living in flats earmarked for demolition in the Gowkthrapple estate.

He could now be forcibly removed from his ground-floor home in Stanhope Place as North Lanarkshire Council (NLC) has begins the process of appointing a contractor to demolish the properties.

The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now. Get all the news from your area – as well as features, entertainment, sport and the latest on Lanarkshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – straight to your fingertips, 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories, and allows you to customise your page to the sections that matter most to you.Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - iOS - Android At a recent meeting of the local authority’s planning committee, councillors gave the green light to approve the start of the compulsory purchase order process for Nick’s flat.A report that went before the committee stated that the council had made “every effort” to reach an agreement and would continue dialogue with the 66-year-old, which has left him somewhat perplexed.

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