Council's empty homes scheme bears fruit
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development, Local Government
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A council has managed to bring nine empty properties back into use and turn them into affordable homes - and is aiming at transforming 765 vacant dwellings over the next three years.
Wirral Council's 'HOUSED' scheme led to the homes being refurbished after securing almost £2m in funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
The local authority plans to tackle vacant properties in the area through a combination of advice to owners, targeted enforcement activity and innovative empty property solutions.
The refurbishments are being carried out in conjunction with the council’s Build Wirral Project that promotes employment and training opportunities for local people in construction.
This involves two local trainees working in quantity surveying and joinery to gain some practical paid experience while the work takes place.
Cllr George Davies, Cabinet member for Housing and Community Safety, said: “It is great news that through officers’ hard work and commitment, investment from the HCA has been levered into Wirral and will support the local community, economy and housing market as well as providing employment opportunities.”
Christine Hill, Area Manager, at the HCA, added: “One of the HCA’s key priorities is to work closely with partners to help tackle the issue of empty homes that blight our communities. It’s great to see plans come to fruition with the completion of these refurbished properties that will help transform Birkenhead and provide an improved housing offer for local people.”