Life in the Lakes - a review of our EHN conference

It’s already Friday but I’m still thinking about Wednesday’s first Empty Homes Network conference with Adam Cliff at the helm.  Great programme by the way, Adam. 

As we’ve come to expect over the years with David Gibbens organising, one of the reasons the conference is always so well attended is the programme.  It has to include subjects that empty homes officers are interested in and want to learn more about.  For example new schemes that have been trialled, community work, partnership working, enforcement and updates from Action on Empty Homes.

And this year there were some subtle changes like name badges with lanyards instead of the usual pin-type badges, the day’s programme inside a booklet so you couldn’t lose it and paper ‘goody bags’ instead of material.

Thanks to David Gibbens’ long time ‘tried-and-tested’ format for the day, people already knew what to expect, and I’m happy to report it didn’t disappoint.  Everything went smoothly, on time, lunch was delicious, a good and varied programme – 10 out of 10 Adam, a cracking start to your ‘stewardship’ of EHN.

Personal highlights from the day included Streets2Homes and Harlow council; Nick P-G’s  ‘What is an empty home?’ ; Shaheena Din’s update on what EHOs and the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership are doing north of the border; Martin Ellerby’s ‘Bringing the Welsh Streets back to life’ (such an uplifting story); the partnership working between EON and North East Derbyshire District Council and finally a councillor’s perspective of empty homes, which was a first for the EHN.

Well done to everyone who made the day so worthwhile – thank you!

Lynne Leach, Empty Homes Officer, South Lakeland District Council


I am pleased to see that the Scottish perspective was well received. It was an informative event and I look forward to seeing at least some of you at the Scottish Empty Homes Conference on the 20th November in Edinburgh.