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Have your say on our Empty Homes Strategy

12 July 2017

We're inviting you to share your views on how to continue bringing empty homes back into use across Central Bedfordshire.

So far we've brought 275 properties back into occupation between 2012 and 2017. To continue building on this success, our current Empty Homes Strategy is being reviewed and you're invited to offer your views on how to improve the strategy by completing a short survey.

The results of the survey will help to inform and guide the strategy which aims to identify enforcement methods and tools to bring empty homes back into occupation and raise awareness of the issues that long term empty homes can cause.

The engagement exercise is not asking about the future of the Empty Homes Strategy, but instead we are asking residents for feedback on how it can be improved. We'll will consider any reasonable and affordable suggestions put forward.

Empty homes can often attract squatters, invite crime and antisocial behaviour and become a place where drugs and alcohol are used, it is also an eyesore for the local community.

Councillor Carole Hegley, Executive Member for Social Care and Housing, said: "We recognise the negative impact that empty homes have on our communities and the benefits of bringing empty homes back into occupation.

"We intend to deliver a strategy that continues to focus on partnership working, using the tools available effectively and appropriately, whilst having regard to the wider agenda –making Central Bedfordshire a great place to live and work.

"It’s more important than ever that empty homes are being used especially when the demand for housing is increasing all the time. I encourage people to share their feedback to help us ensure we are getting it right and to continue building upon our success."

The survey will run until Friday, 28 July and the outcome will be published in October.

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