Torridge tackles empty homes
It is estimated there are nearly 16,000 vacant houses in Devon, as one council tries to tackle the problem.
RESIDENTS in Torridge are being asked to help the council identify empty homes in the district in order to get them back into use as National Empty Homes Week starts today (Mon).
The move comes after the Empty Homes Agency estimates there are nearly 16,000 unused houses in Devon, many of which could be made habitable.
Councillor David Lausen, Torridge District Council’s lead member for housing, is urging the community to work together to tackle the problem.
He said: “Empty homes can detract from the local environment and may be a blight on the visual amenity of the area, a source of concern to communities and a potential risk to health and safety.
You may also want to watch:
“Returning a home to occupation plays an important part in the regeneration of communities and the council is currently targeting empty homes within the District to get them back into use.
“Help us to improve your local area – if you own or know of any empty homes that could be brought back into circulation, please contact us.”
- 1 'Controversial' plan to close mental health centres in North Devon
- 2 Holidaymaker jailed for attacking partner in Ilfracombe
- 3 820 homes approved for Landkey despite council concern
- 4 North Devon's largest private employer needs workers to expand
- 5 Northam man who searched for child pornography sent on treatment course
- 6 Man seriously injured at Appledore Quay - Witness Appeal
- 7 New Archdeacon of Barnstaple begins her role at special service in Bideford
- 8 Torridge launches Waste and Recycling Roadshows
- 9 Tributes paid to North Devon librarian Ian Tansley
- 10 Man left with 'life changing' injuries after assault in Barnstaple
If you believe a property in your immediate vicinity is empty you can contact Torridge’s housing renewal team on 01237 428841, email email@example.com.
You can also report empty homes anonymously at www.reportemptyhomes.com.