Friday, 11 May 2012
FUNDS AGREED TO BRING THIRTY EMPTY PROPERTIES BACK INTO USE
Thirty empty properties will now be bought back into use as affordable housing.
The properties will be purchased and repaired using £533,000 of grant funding awarded by the Homes and Communities Agency and council funding of £1,386,000 from the Housing Revenue Account.
It is intended that the main focus of the project will be to purchase and repair empty properties in the Central Harbour and Eastcliff wards of Ramsgate.
The properties purchased will become part of the council’s housing stock and once repaired, the accommodation will be advertised to those on the housing register through the Choice Based Lettings system. All rents received will be reinvested into the Housing Revenue Account.
The council was awarded the funding from the HCA in November 2011 after submitting a bid as part of the government’s 2011-2015 Affordable Homes Programme.
Cllr. Iris Johnston, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “The council is committed to providing affordable homes for Thanet’s residents and we intend to use this money wisely and bring back 30 empty properties that blight our area.
We know that affordable, decent housing is very important for our residents and is a key priority in our Corporate Plan for 2012 – 16.
“By committing to support the grant funding already received from the HCA, the council can continue its hard work in reducing the number of empty properties and bring them back into use as affordable homes.”