Six more empty houses targeted by council in drive to increase homes for occupation

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SIX homes that have stood empty for years are being bought by the council as part of the authority’s push to bring Hastings’s abandoned houses back into use.

The Hastings Borough Council (HBC) cabinet agreed in December to force through compulsory purchase orders (CPO) on a group of houses in the borough, but refused to identify them until council officers served statutory notices this week.

But they have now announced that the most recent six to be brought are;

n 7 Abbey Drive, St Leonards (empty for about 17 years)

n 79 Manor Road (empty for about 10 years)

n 101 Cambridge Road (empty for about 10 years)

n Basement flat, 106 Marina, St Leonards (empty for about six years)

n 5 Trinity Villas (empty for about six years)

Since retaking control of the council last May, the Labour administration has made targeting empty homes and absentee property owners a key part of its housing strategy.

Cllr Trevor Webb, lead member for housing at HBC, welcomed the new drive as a statement of intent.

He said: “This sends a clear message to the owners of these properties and all owners of empty homes that the council will not tolerate long -term empty properties being wasted in Hastings and St Leonards.”

A house at 85 The Ridge which has been empty since 2000 has already been auctioned off under the CPO process and contractors are now on site.