£50million spent on Accrington in past eight years, figures reveal

This Is Lancashire: Coun Clare Pritchard Coun Clare Pritchard

ALMOST £50 million has been spent on transforming Accrington over the last eight years, new figures have revealed.

And despite heavy cuts handed down by central government, the council has announced plans to invest another £2 million to support the Woodnook regeneration project and to build another 100 new homes in West Accrington.

The council’s general fund capital programme report said: “The housing market is beginning to show signs of recovery as the number of empty homes has reduced significantly and new house building starts to accelerate.

“We will continue to invest in West Accrington to support the on-going development of a much wider diversity of housing where a new planning consent is in place for a further 103 new high quality homes to be built by Keepmoat.

“This year we will also continue to support the regeneration of Woodnook and will invest over £2 million to support the £10 million plus private investment facilitated by our partner PlaceFirst to bring at least 150 empty homes back into use to a very high standard, providing a much enhanced housing offer and environment.”

Demolition orders will be used to buy homes in Pendle Street that ‘are in danger of collapse’, the report added.

Deputy council leader and chair of the regeneration and housing panel, Coun Clare Pritchard, said the council is proud of its work in renovating empty homes in the borough and bringing them back into use.

The number of long-term empty houses Hyndburn is at an eight-year low, figures released under the Freedom of Information Act revealed.

In 2006, 2,309 homes were empty, compared to 2,189 last year - which accounts for almost six per cent of the borough’s total housing stock.

Just five of the borough’s 17 wards showed an increase in the number of empty homes between May 2012 and July 2013.

Coun Pritchard said: “We have been really proactive about empty homes. It’s a mixture of carrot and stick.

“We penalise people for having empty properties by charging 150 per cent council tax, because quite a lot attract vandalism and anti-social behaviour. That seems to have worked.

“We are really proud of our record. We don’t build as many new homes as other boroughs, but we are doing well with empty homes.”

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7:36pm Sat 22 Feb 14

HarryBosch says...

“We will continue to invest in West Accrington to support the on-going development of a much wider diversity of housing ........."
I hope that will include the much needed one bedroom properties that this, and most other boroughs are lacking since the introduction of the hated "bedroom tax"! The government expects people to move into more appropriate sized properties but it is a catch 22 when there are no one bedroom properties available. You can't go on ignoring the issue. This is your opportunity!
“We will continue to invest in West Accrington to support the on-going development of a much wider diversity of housing ........." I hope that will include the much needed one bedroom properties that this, and most other boroughs are lacking since the introduction of the hated "bedroom tax"! The government expects people to move into more appropriate sized properties but it is a catch 22 when there are no one bedroom properties available. You can't go on ignoring the issue. This is your opportunity! HarryBosch

8:32pm Sat 22 Feb 14

bluewindow says...

Where??
Where?? bluewindow

9:24pm Sat 22 Feb 14

mavrick says...

£50 million over eight years is nothing. you need to spend that amount per year to regenerate a place like Hyndburn. If that amount of money was made available the improvement to peoples lives would be dramatic. That sort of investment would return around 7/8 to one Imagine what industry we could attract, how many people we could put back to meaningful well paid work, The investment in the fabric of the town could be rejuvenated, the housing stock could be done on the rolling programme..That is what is needed .
£50 million over eight years is nothing. you need to spend that amount per year to regenerate a place like Hyndburn. If that amount of money was made available the improvement to peoples lives would be dramatic. That sort of investment would return around 7/8 to one Imagine what industry we could attract, how many people we could put back to meaningful well paid work, The investment in the fabric of the town could be rejuvenated, the housing stock could be done on the rolling programme..That is what is needed . mavrick

9:25pm Sat 22 Feb 14

HarryBosch says...

bluewindow wrote:
Where??
I think they're referring to the area off Blackburn Road near to the Acorn Health Centre.
[quote][p][bold]bluewindow[/bold] wrote: Where??[/p][/quote]I think they're referring to the area off Blackburn Road near to the Acorn Health Centre. HarryBosch

9:28pm Sat 22 Feb 14

churchman says...

is there only woodnook in hyndburn.this seems to be the only place money is pumped into.or is it because of it being a highly populated asian area the reason woodnook gets all the grants.intresting
is there only woodnook in hyndburn.this seems to be the only place money is pumped into.or is it because of it being a highly populated asian area the reason woodnook gets all the grants.intresting churchman

9:43pm Sat 22 Feb 14

churchman says...

harry think you will find alot of new builds near the acorn health centre,and grants already been done on older houses round that area.the area they are reffering to is off ormrod st,close to bullough park.
harry think you will find alot of new builds near the acorn health centre,and grants already been done on older houses round that area.the area they are reffering to is off ormrod st,close to bullough park. churchman

10:05pm Sat 22 Feb 14

HarryBosch says...

churchman wrote:
harry think you will find alot of new builds near the acorn health centre,and grants already been done on older houses round that area.the area they are reffering to is off ormrod st,close to bullough park.
I may be wrong churchman. My conjecture was based on that area being West Accrington and the mention of Keepmoat who are currently developing in that area. But I'm prepared to defer to your greater knowledge.
[quote][p][bold]churchman[/bold] wrote: harry think you will find alot of new builds near the acorn health centre,and grants already been done on older houses round that area.the area they are reffering to is off ormrod st,close to bullough park.[/p][/quote]I may be wrong churchman. My conjecture was based on that area being West Accrington and the mention of Keepmoat who are currently developing in that area. But I'm prepared to defer to your greater knowledge. HarryBosch

8:33am Sun 23 Feb 14

Bluelizzy says...

"new planning consent is in place for a further 103 new high quality homes to be built by Keepmoat." As opposed to the usual poor quality ones ?
"new planning consent is in place for a further 103 new high quality homes to be built by Keepmoat." As opposed to the usual poor quality ones ? Bluelizzy

1:22pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Dinglebasher says...

bluewindow wrote:
Where??
Come on , civic lunches, trips to see other developments in other countries,employing people walking up and down with clipboards ect, councilors expenses, ect ect need i go on?????
[quote][p][bold]bluewindow[/bold] wrote: Where??[/p][/quote]Come on , civic lunches, trips to see other developments in other countries,employing people walking up and down with clipboards ect, councilors expenses, ect ect need i go on????? Dinglebasher

5:08pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Amcap says...

How many of the houses knocked down could have been refurbished to current day standards in all areas of Accrington for the money spent to date
How many of the houses knocked down could have been refurbished to current day standards in all areas of Accrington for the money spent to date Amcap

5:13pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Amcap says...

Bluelizzy wrote:
"new planning consent is in place for a further 103 new high quality homes to be built by Keepmoat." As opposed to the usual poor quality ones ?
High quality homes, who is kidding who!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Bluelizzy[/bold] wrote: "new planning consent is in place for a further 103 new high quality homes to be built by Keepmoat." As opposed to the usual poor quality ones ?[/p][/quote]High quality homes, who is kidding who!!!! Amcap

5:21pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Amcap says...

Coun Clare Pritchard states
"We are really proud of our record. We don’t build as many new homes as other boroughs, but we are doing well with empty homes.”
"In 2006, 2,309 homes were empty, compared to 2,189 last year - which accounts for almost six per cent of the borough’s total housing stock."
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Wow that equates to a difference of 120 houses. But we still have 2,189 empty homes, so why are we building new houses, why not refurbish the 2,189 existing homes
Coun Clare Pritchard states "We are really proud of our record. We don’t build as many new homes as other boroughs, but we are doing well with empty homes.” "In 2006, 2,309 homes were empty, compared to 2,189 last year - which accounts for almost six per cent of the borough’s total housing stock." ******************** ******************** ******************** ******************** Wow that equates to a difference of 120 houses. But we still have 2,189 empty homes, so why are we building new houses, why not refurbish the 2,189 existing homes Amcap

6:08pm Sun 23 Feb 14

wulver says...

you're having a laugh aren't ya ? where ???
you're having a laugh aren't ya ? where ??? wulver

6:25pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Akkybro says...

churchman wrote:
is there only woodnook in hyndburn.this seems to be the only place money is pumped into.or is it because of it being a highly populated asian area the reason woodnook gets all the grants.intresting
Wrong!

Woodnook is predominantly a white area
[quote][p][bold]churchman[/bold] wrote: is there only woodnook in hyndburn.this seems to be the only place money is pumped into.or is it because of it being a highly populated asian area the reason woodnook gets all the grants.intresting[/p][/quote]Wrong! Woodnook is predominantly a white area Akkybro

8:42pm Sun 23 Feb 14

vicn1956 says...

Those posts on the pavement outside the shops on Blackburn Road weren't cheap.
Those posts on the pavement outside the shops on Blackburn Road weren't cheap. vicn1956

8:56pm Sun 23 Feb 14

churchman says...

sorry harry if i offended you.but i live near the health centre.my gripe is with the woodnook area getting all the grants again.sorry again
sorry harry if i offended you.but i live near the health centre.my gripe is with the woodnook area getting all the grants again.sorry again churchman

8:59pm Sun 23 Feb 14

churchman says...

akkybro you are talking ****
akkybro you are talking **** churchman

9:36pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Venomp says...

Churchman being bonkers.
Money already spent on other areas.
Churchman being bonkers. Money already spent on other areas. Venomp

12:34pm Mon 24 Feb 14

churchman says...

venomp can you back your statement up with facts.west accrington has had more money pumped into it than any other area.i cant think of one mayor project in church in the last few years.but you might know different.mmmmm
venomp can you back your statement up with facts.west accrington has had more money pumped into it than any other area.i cant think of one mayor project in church in the last few years.but you might know different.mmmmm churchman

6:24pm Mon 24 Feb 14

HarryBosch says...

churchman wrote:
sorry harry if i offended you.but i live near the health centre.my gripe is with the woodnook area getting all the grants again.sorry again
Not offended churchman, my gripe is the lack of one bed properties post the spare room subsidy. But thanks for the consideration anyway.
[quote][p][bold]churchman[/bold] wrote: sorry harry if i offended you.but i live near the health centre.my gripe is with the woodnook area getting all the grants again.sorry again[/p][/quote]Not offended churchman, my gripe is the lack of one bed properties post the spare room subsidy. But thanks for the consideration anyway. HarryBosch

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