A total of 982 vacant problematic properties across the borough have been demolished or brought back into use thanks to action taken by St Helens Council.
In 2003, the council adopted its first Empty Homes Strategy which sets out the council’s plans in tackling long-term empty homes that can attract vandals, or become overgrown and filled with rubbish.
This ‘Empty Homes Week’ (23-29 September) St Helens Council is shining a light on the work being done to breathe new life into derelict houses – such as a terrace property in the West Park ward of the borough which has recently undergone a successful renovation.
The two bedroom house in Rodney Street had been vacant for a number of years and its increasingly dilapidated state was a concern to neighbours.
For a number of years the council had attempted to encourage the previous owner to repair and occupy the property, but had to resort to compulsory purchase in order to bring the property back into use.
Following the compulsory purchase, the property was sold subject to refurbishment conditions in July 2018 and the new owner has now completed extensive works, turning a once dilapidated eyesore into a smart and desirable home which now has a tenant.
St Helens Council’s portfolio holder for housing services, Councillor Jeanie Bell, said “The council operates a proactive approach to bringing vacant properties back into use.
“Vacant properties can blight a neighbourhood, so we will always seek to bring an empty property back into use if we can to provide affordable housing for people in the local community.”
If you have concerns about a vacant property in your areas, please contact St Helens Council’s empty property team by calling 01744 676246 – or email LaurenFagan@Sthelens.gov.uk