War on empty homes in Southampton and Hampshire 'being won'

Daily Echo: War on empty homes 'being won' War on empty homes 'being won'

THE war on empty homes in Southampton – blamed for blight and a housing shortage – is slowly being won, new figures suggest.

After many years of increases, the number of vacant properties across the city fell by more than 600 last year, to 2,695 – a fall of 18.4 per cent.

And there is also encouraging progress in tackling long-termempty homes – those without occupants for more than six months – which cause the greatest concern.

In Southampton, that total dropped by almost 200 in 2013, to 639, and is little more than 60 per cent of the figure back in 2006, when it stood at 1,046.

Across Hampshire, new occupants were found for 1,197 empty homes over 12 months, of which 896 were vacant for more than six months.

On long-term vacancies, there was also progress in Fareham (down from 213 to 168), in New Forest (from 683 to 425), in Test Valley (from 331 to 193) and in Winchester (from 408 to 361).

Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles was quick to claim the credit for the improvement, which mirrored an impressive fall in empty homes across England.

The Conservative pointed to a £235m scheme to revamp properties and new powers to force absent owners to continue paying council tax, as a deterrent.

Councils have also been given new powers to force the owners of empty homes to pay council tax after one month, instead of giving them six months’ grace.

Mr Pickles said: “I’m pleased to see that the efforts we’ve made to bring these homes back into use have helped bring the numbers down to a ten-year low.”

The latest statistics, published by the department of communities and local government, cover the 12 months between October 2012 and October 2013.

Among the few blots on the figures were increases in the total number of empty homes in Winchester (up from 1,222 to 1,268) and the Isle of Wight (from 2,534 to 2,571).

A spokesman for Southampton City Council said its approach was to offer help and advice, backed up by the threat of enforcement action where properties were falling into “significant disrepair”.

He said: “We work with private property owners to bring empty properties in the city back into use.

On average, this approach directly results in an extra 100 homes being used by our city’s residents each year.”

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10:32am Thu 1 May 14

bigfella777 says...

Drop in the ocean, the country needs a new home every 7 minutes according to the OFS
Drop in the ocean, the country needs a new home every 7 minutes according to the OFS bigfella777
  • Score: -3

11:28am Thu 1 May 14

Dai Rear says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Drop in the ocean, the country needs a new home every 7 minutes according to the OFS
I'm not sure our country needs another square inch of concrete but the hordes of immigrants let in after 1997, and their children, no doubt do.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Drop in the ocean, the country needs a new home every 7 minutes according to the OFS[/p][/quote]I'm not sure our country needs another square inch of concrete but the hordes of immigrants let in after 1997, and their children, no doubt do. Dai Rear
  • Score: -1

11:41am Thu 1 May 14

Dai Rear says...

Oh joy! The milipedestrians have announced they will bring back the Rent Acts if an electorate with the memory of a house fly lets them in (and Scotland will have to vote "no" for that to happen) in 2015.Some of us DO actually remember the disaster of 1940- 1989. 2695 empty houses? it'll be more like 26,500. Didn't Miliband read anything apart from "Das Kapital" when he was in coll?
Oh joy! The milipedestrians have announced they will bring back the Rent Acts if an electorate with the memory of a house fly lets them in (and Scotland will have to vote "no" for that to happen) in 2015.Some of us DO actually remember the disaster of 1940- 1989. 2695 empty houses? it'll be more like 26,500. Didn't Miliband read anything apart from "Das Kapital" when he was in coll? Dai Rear
  • Score: -7

11:47am Thu 1 May 14

Charlie Bucket says...

Dai Rear wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Drop in the ocean, the country needs a new home every 7 minutes according to the OFS
I'm not sure our country needs another square inch of concrete but the hordes of immigrants let in after 1997, and their children, no doubt do.
Like it or not, those immigrants ARE part of "our" country now.
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Drop in the ocean, the country needs a new home every 7 minutes according to the OFS[/p][/quote]I'm not sure our country needs another square inch of concrete but the hordes of immigrants let in after 1997, and their children, no doubt do.[/p][/quote]Like it or not, those immigrants ARE part of "our" country now. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 2

11:50am Thu 1 May 14

Dai Rear says...

Well not the ones from the EU. Get your vote right on May 22 and that flow can start to be reversed.
Well not the ones from the EU. Get your vote right on May 22 and that flow can start to be reversed. Dai Rear
  • Score: -1

1:40pm Thu 1 May 14

skeptik says...

According to more than one set of official figures the area of the UK under buildings, footpaths, roads and other man made coverings - concrete etc - is between 5% and 8% of the land area - depending on the lists chosen.
According to more than one set of official figures the area of the UK under buildings, footpaths, roads and other man made coverings - concrete etc - is between 5% and 8% of the land area - depending on the lists chosen. skeptik
  • Score: 3

1:40pm Thu 1 May 14

Bobs Your Uncle ? says...

Dai Rear wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Drop in the ocean, the country needs a new home every 7 minutes according to the OFS
I'm not sure our country needs another square inch of concrete but the hordes of immigrants let in after 1997, and their children, no doubt do.
just the old empire returning home lol
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Drop in the ocean, the country needs a new home every 7 minutes according to the OFS[/p][/quote]I'm not sure our country needs another square inch of concrete but the hordes of immigrants let in after 1997, and their children, no doubt do.[/p][/quote]just the old empire returning home lol Bobs Your Uncle ?
  • Score: 3

1:42pm Thu 1 May 14

skeptik says...

All these success stories - anyone would think there is an election coming up - propaganda will not change the thrashing that is not far off.
All these success stories - anyone would think there is an election coming up - propaganda will not change the thrashing that is not far off. skeptik
  • Score: 3

3:31pm Thu 1 May 14

bigfella777 says...

Dai Rear wrote:
Well not the ones from the EU. Get your vote right on May 22 and that flow can start to be reversed.
No it can't
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: Well not the ones from the EU. Get your vote right on May 22 and that flow can start to be reversed.[/p][/quote]No it can't bigfella777
  • Score: 3

3:43pm Thu 1 May 14

Dai Rear says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Dai Rear wrote:
Well not the ones from the EU. Get your vote right on May 22 and that flow can start to be reversed.
No it can't
As a non-member of the EU , says you, we would be obliged to grant a right of abode in our country to Roumanians, Bulgarians etc etc and after Turkish accession, to Afghans, Syrians, indeed anyone who pretended to be Turkish. How so? What do you know that no one else in our country or the world knows?
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: Well not the ones from the EU. Get your vote right on May 22 and that flow can start to be reversed.[/p][/quote]No it can't[/p][/quote]As a non-member of the EU , says you, we would be obliged to grant a right of abode in our country to Roumanians, Bulgarians etc etc and after Turkish accession, to Afghans, Syrians, indeed anyone who pretended to be Turkish. How so? What do you know that no one else in our country or the world knows? Dai Rear
  • Score: -3

4:55pm Thu 1 May 14

bigfella777 says...

Dai Rear wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Dai Rear wrote:
Well not the ones from the EU. Get your vote right on May 22 and that flow can start to be reversed.
No it can't
As a non-member of the EU , says you, we would be obliged to grant a right of abode in our country to Roumanians, Bulgarians etc etc and after Turkish accession, to Afghans, Syrians, indeed anyone who pretended to be Turkish. How so? What do you know that no one else in our country or the world knows?
Your vote on May 22nd won't make a blind bit of difference. That's for the European parliament not UK parliament.
Only the ruling government can allow a referendum, the Labour party and Lib Dems say no referendum, Tory party say only if they win the general election next year and even then it won't be until 2017. If you really think Ukip can win a general election you are insane, there are too many intelligent people in this country to vote for bigots let alone the immigrant voters who usually sit with Labour.
Everyone with an interest in politics knows this, it's common knowledge if you read papers other than The Sun.
So you tell me, how is UKIP winning seats in the European Parliament going to make the "flow reverse" lol.
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: Well not the ones from the EU. Get your vote right on May 22 and that flow can start to be reversed.[/p][/quote]No it can't[/p][/quote]As a non-member of the EU , says you, we would be obliged to grant a right of abode in our country to Roumanians, Bulgarians etc etc and after Turkish accession, to Afghans, Syrians, indeed anyone who pretended to be Turkish. How so? What do you know that no one else in our country or the world knows?[/p][/quote]Your vote on May 22nd won't make a blind bit of difference. That's for the European parliament not UK parliament. Only the ruling government can allow a referendum, the Labour party and Lib Dems say no referendum, Tory party say only if they win the general election next year and even then it won't be until 2017. If you really think Ukip can win a general election you are insane, there are too many intelligent people in this country to vote for bigots let alone the immigrant voters who usually sit with Labour. Everyone with an interest in politics knows this, it's common knowledge if you read papers other than The Sun. So you tell me, how is UKIP winning seats in the European Parliament going to make the "flow reverse" lol. bigfella777
  • Score: 3

5:14pm Thu 1 May 14

at_123 says...

Charlie Bucket wrote:
Dai Rear wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Drop in the ocean, the country needs a new home every 7 minutes according to the OFS
I'm not sure our country needs another square inch of concrete but the hordes of immigrants let in after 1997, and their children, no doubt do.
Like it or not, those immigrants ARE part of "our" country now.
Not disappointed - story about fewer empty houses ends up with whinging about immigrants, yesterday it was the opening of a new school and last week someone even got immigration into the story about Matalan closing. Immigrants and cyclists seem to be pet hatreds of too many readers - I'd like to give all immigrants bikes, really give readers something to gripe about. Wonder if the Spanish complain about all those Brits on the Costas? 2m Brits live and work on the continent - if we left the EU would they all have to come home? Now that really would cause a housing crisis.
[quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Drop in the ocean, the country needs a new home every 7 minutes according to the OFS[/p][/quote]I'm not sure our country needs another square inch of concrete but the hordes of immigrants let in after 1997, and their children, no doubt do.[/p][/quote]Like it or not, those immigrants ARE part of "our" country now.[/p][/quote]Not disappointed - story about fewer empty houses ends up with whinging about immigrants, yesterday it was the opening of a new school and last week someone even got immigration into the story about Matalan closing. Immigrants and cyclists seem to be pet hatreds of too many readers - I'd like to give all immigrants bikes, really give readers something to gripe about. Wonder if the Spanish complain about all those Brits on the Costas? 2m Brits live and work on the continent - if we left the EU would they all have to come home? Now that really would cause a housing crisis. at_123
  • Score: 4

5:49pm Thu 1 May 14

Dai Rear says...

Same old, same old, from the Left. I doubt if the Spanish complain about the Brits on the Costas. There'd be few jobs in leisure services if they left. And if UKIP get a majority in the EU elections, which seems likely since very few people are bigoted enough to read the Guardian and the Indy, the 2 other parties are just going to say "ah well, no change then. We'll just bang on about all the stuff that has so attracted the electorate hitherto"-like bringing back the Rent Acts. Oh spare us, do. In passing, since the Paris-Berlin Axis will not permit the reforms envisaged by Cameron, it does seem a wee bit likely that there'll be a referendum, doesn't it? Give the immigrants bikes, then tell them where to pedal them.
Same old, same old, from the Left. I doubt if the Spanish complain about the Brits on the Costas. There'd be few jobs in leisure services if they left. And if UKIP get a majority in the EU elections, which seems likely since very few people are bigoted enough to read the Guardian and the Indy, the 2 other parties are just going to say "ah well, no change then. We'll just bang on about all the stuff that has so attracted the electorate hitherto"-like bringing back the Rent Acts. Oh spare us, do. In passing, since the Paris-Berlin Axis will not permit the reforms envisaged by Cameron, it does seem a wee bit likely that there'll be a referendum, doesn't it? Give the immigrants bikes, then tell them where to pedal them. Dai Rear
  • Score: -7

6:00pm Thu 1 May 14

southy says...

more false government figures, they are not fooling the people any more just easy brainwashed ones
more false government figures, they are not fooling the people any more just easy brainwashed ones southy
  • Score: -2

6:08pm Thu 1 May 14

Dai Rear says...

southy wrote:
more false government figures, they are not fooling the people any more just easy brainwashed ones
You're right as ever Southy. All the houses in Southampton are actually empty. It's a ghost town. Only you in your cub scout tent, your primus and Tyson your trusty Staffie. Don't ,whatever you do, get a portable TV. Big Brother is watching you!
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: more false government figures, they are not fooling the people any more just easy brainwashed ones[/p][/quote]You're right as ever Southy. All the houses in Southampton are actually empty. It's a ghost town. Only you in your cub scout tent, your primus and Tyson your trusty Staffie. Don't ,whatever you do, get a portable TV. Big Brother is watching you! Dai Rear
  • Score: 4

10:26pm Thu 1 May 14

WalkingOnAWire says...

Dai Rear wrote:
Same old, same old, from the Left. I doubt if the Spanish complain about the Brits on the Costas. There'd be few jobs in leisure services if they left. And if UKIP get a majority in the EU elections, which seems likely since very few people are bigoted enough to read the Guardian and the Indy, the 2 other parties are just going to say "ah well, no change then. We'll just bang on about all the stuff that has so attracted the electorate hitherto"-like bringing back the Rent Acts. Oh spare us, do. In passing, since the Paris-Berlin Axis will not permit the reforms envisaged by Cameron, it does seem a wee bit likely that there'll be a referendum, doesn't it? Give the immigrants bikes, then tell them where to pedal them.
I hope you're not seriously ill or injured and find yourself in hospital soon Dai, but if you are I think you might suddenly revise your clearly very low opinion of what you disparagingly describe as 'immigrants'. It will probably be some of those immigrants who save your life and nurse you back to health. Fortunately for you, they'll do that regardless of your blinkered xenophobia.
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: Same old, same old, from the Left. I doubt if the Spanish complain about the Brits on the Costas. There'd be few jobs in leisure services if they left. And if UKIP get a majority in the EU elections, which seems likely since very few people are bigoted enough to read the Guardian and the Indy, the 2 other parties are just going to say "ah well, no change then. We'll just bang on about all the stuff that has so attracted the electorate hitherto"-like bringing back the Rent Acts. Oh spare us, do. In passing, since the Paris-Berlin Axis will not permit the reforms envisaged by Cameron, it does seem a wee bit likely that there'll be a referendum, doesn't it? Give the immigrants bikes, then tell them where to pedal them.[/p][/quote]I hope you're not seriously ill or injured and find yourself in hospital soon Dai, but if you are I think you might suddenly revise your clearly very low opinion of what you disparagingly describe as 'immigrants'. It will probably be some of those immigrants who save your life and nurse you back to health. Fortunately for you, they'll do that regardless of your blinkered xenophobia. WalkingOnAWire
  • Score: 3

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