Call for action over "scandal" of empty houses - Hunts Post

Call for action over "scandal" of empty houses - Hunts Post

Brampton City Council's John Morris said the district was facing the "scandalous situation" of more than 400 homes that had been empty for more than six months. At that time, almost 3,500 households were registered.

He wants the Council to set up a strategy for an empty home, such as one in Peterborough, where the Council managed to get nearly a third of its long-term empty houses operational again last year.

City Councilor Ryan Fuller, vice chairman of the conservative council responsible for housing and planning said: "The district council is taking its role in the housing market very seriously and is working hard to contribute to the number, locations and types of homes, which best meet the family needs of our communities, and to create flexible workforces for our employers. "

Cllr Morris, a Liberal Democrat, said: "I am very much interested in encouraging the Council to take action over empty houses in the longer term."

He said that over the past four years, the council has accepted nearly 1,000 households as homeless by law and spent nearly £ 475,000 on bed and breakfast accommodation last year.