Peterborough Constituency Labour party is taking action to highlight
the strain empty houses can put on society and their possible use
for criminal activity.
Parliamentary Candidate Ed Murphy
has organised a survey asking neighbours and Labour party members to
identify empty properties so that they can be properly managed and
brought back into use. A special newsletter circulated in West
Peterborough (Bretton, Ravensthorpe and West Wards) has called on
residents to report empty dwellings. Particularly if they have stood
empty for over 6 months.
Ed has been out in neighbourhoods
such as Ravensthorpe, Bretton, Longhthorpe distributing information
and identifying empty properties. He has also been to Thorney,
Newborough, Eye and Peakirk now part of Peterbororough constituency.
Ed has been a housing campaigner for
many years and he ran successful campaigns get MOD homes in
Cottesmore close and for empty Police houses in Cambridgeshire to be
brought back into use.
If you have empty homes in your
street contact the empty homes officer on 01733
747474, action can be taken especially if
they have been vacant for over 6 months.
Ed Commented “Peterborough has too
many empty homes and a number of homes which have been used for anti
social and illegal activities. I have contacted government ministers
to see if dwellings can be confiscated from Landlords letting them
be used for serious criminal activities and Peterborough city
Council have powers to take action”.
“We have recently been visiting
neighbourhoods and encouraging residents to report suspicious
dwellings and also ensure that empty properties are brought back
into use. In the last month we have visited almost a third of the
streets in the constituency - over 10,000 properties.
even identified empty homes in the Villages - however they were
greatly out numbered by new homes under construction and most empty
dwellings did seem to be for sale. However some streets have been
blighted by houses left neglected and I am determined that this
wasteful, unsightly and costly blight is tackled”.
For more information contact Ed
Murphy via the
Peterborough Labour Party website.
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