Camarthenshire certainly know how to build public support for what they do. This story has appeared many times over the last few days and has been picked up nationally eg on the houcepricecrash forum. The BBC report is a good example of how it has hit the headlines.
This week's story, Homes Devalued Claim by Blot on Road from Southend, is a good reminder that local people - and newspapers - see EDMOs as a way to tackle empty homes. It would be good if the government could set asiide its ideological issues with EDMOs and see them for what they are: a reasonable and proportionate response to a difficult problem.
The association between crime and empty homes is well established. Arson is the worst-case scenario - but this story from the Lancashire Telegraph, including an entire terrace of homes being torched, reminds us that the threat is a real one.
The issue of publicly-owned empties is always one that arouses strong feelings. No doubt there are many aspects of this story which are not found in this on-line debate but the underlying messge to councils is clear enough: don't let homes stand empty if you can possibly avoid it and don't expect an easy ride if you do.
The Essex Echo story and comments from readers can be found here. You have to feel sorry for the Empty Homes Officer caught up in the middle.
It's good to see the day-to-day successes of empty homes practitioners featuring in the local press - and highlighting how its possible to engage even with reluctant owners and encourage them to bring their homes back into use. There is even a rare photo of an empty homes practitioner (Alison Powers) in action!
The news story from thisisstaffordshire can be found here.
The Lancashire Telegraph reports Rossendale's plans to CPO 4 properties saying "A SENIOR councillor and neighbours have heralded moves to clean up four ‘eyesore’ sites across Haslingden."
The story can be found here
Empty Homes Officer
Job reference: CS10/57
£27,052 - £28,636 per annum
37 hours, Fixed-term until 31 March 2013
We are looking for two enthusiastic individuals to join the Private Sector Housing Division based in Shrewsbury, operating throughout the Shropshire Council area.
Shelter Scotland are recruiting an Empty Homes Co-ordinator for Scotland on a 2-year contract.
Their advert is shown below.
Empty Homes Co-ordinator
Here is the link to our recently updated Empty Property Strategy:
Plans to bring 234 empty private sector homes back into use over the next three years are about to go before the Council's Cabinet for approval.