16 years on, Liverpool grandfather launches new-look former home
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Local Government
A grandfather has returned after 16 years to officially re-open his former home after it gained the unwanted description of being "the worst house on Beversbrook Road" in Liverpool.
Billy Goulding lived in the house with his late wife Pauline and two children between 1971 and 1998. He launched the new-look home on Tuesday.
The 68-year-old, who now lives in Liverpool's Croxteth Park, said: "I’m amazed at the transformation. When we lived there, we were city council tenants and then we bought the house in the 1980s. It was such a shame to see what happened to it after we left, because it was a great community and a great house. My wife used to say that if she could have moved the house with us, she would have.”
Cobalt Housing spent £60,000 buying the property from a private landlord and renovating it after it was damaged by fire.
The three-bedroom property had stood empty for years but, using local labour, has now been converted into a two-bed house to meet local demand.
Cobalt also spent £180,000 refurbishing and converting two three bedroom houses on nearby Cottesbrook Road into four one-bed flats – again using Liverpool-based social enterprise Neighbourhood Services Company (NSC).
City Council cabinet member for housing Ann O’Byrne joined staff from Cobalt and partners to celebrate the completion at Beversbrook Road.
Cobalt Housing managing director Alan Rogers said the scheme underlined the landlord’s commitment to improving Norris Green.
The 5,800 Norris Green, Fazakerley and Croxteth homes owned by Cobalt Housing are all former city council properties that the association took over 10 years ago.
Photo (L-to-R): Councillor Ann O' Byrne, Billy Goulding, Councillor Barry Kushner, Cobalt's Alex Andani
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