OBSERVER readers have voted narrowly in favour of the controversial plan to change the name of Hyndburn to Accrington and District.
In an online poll which attracted nearly 400 votes, 55 per cent (216) were in favour of the change and 45 per cent (179) against.
The plan, put forward by the ruling Conservative group on the council, has sparked a widespread and heated debate since it was revealed exclusively in last week's paper.
Our website and readers' letters pages have been deluged with comments, which show a fairly even division of opinion.
However, the council's Labour leader Graham Jones, Hyndburn's MP Greg Pope and Oswaldtwistle Area Council have all come out in favour of the name change this week.
Told of our poll result, council leader Peter Britcliffe said: "Anybody would be happy with a 10 per cent lead in the polls.
"The fact that there was a large vote shows the great interest this has created.
"Oswaldtwistle Area Council had a record attendance of more than 100 people who voted 100 per cent in favour of the change.
"But there is a long way to go yet and it is vital that the consultation process continues."