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Old 25-01-2009, 15:27   #241
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That surprises me because only a few weeks ago Hynburn Homes were congratulating themselves on the turnaround/empty rate here-
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That's what I thought until this story appeared, and the fact emerged that Hyndburn is one of the boroughs with the highest unoccupied property figures in the country.

Specialist officer appointed to tackle Hyndburn's 2,000 empty homes (From Blackburn Citizen)

There's so much spin going on it's wonder there's anyone left standing at H.B.C.
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Old 25-01-2009, 15:35   #242
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My recent experience as detailed in this thread
http://www.accringtonweb.com/forum/f...ent-44973.html

leads me to think that their delight at being audited as 'fair' by the Audit commission

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is an excercise in boosting staff morale. Especially as there are only 4 grades of performance and 'fair' is 3rd
Does not sound or look very good margaret, have you spoken to any of our local councillors about your problems.
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Old 25-01-2009, 15:41   #243
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Does not sound or look very good margaret, have you spoken to any of our local councillors about your problems.
Now that my home is not a council house, I think that approach would be futile.
The situation was worse when it was - at least now I have hope of improvements
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Old 25-01-2009, 15:41   #244
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That's what I thought until this story appeared, and the fact emerged that Hyndburn is one of the boroughs with the highest unoccupied property figures in the country.

Specialist officer appointed to tackle Hyndburn's 2,000 empty homes (From Blackburn Citizen)

There's so much spin going on it's wonder there's anyone left standing at H.B.C.
It's a great headline it was in the LET as well, what's this guy going to do, tackle the repairs himself or log where the empty property is. If that's his job then I would have thought that HBC already knew where the empty properties were. It is "A look what we are doing" type headline.
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Old 25-01-2009, 15:45   #245
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Now that my home is not a council house, I think that approach would be futile.
The situation was worse when it was - at least now I have hope of improvements
Thats good.
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Old 27-01-2009, 11:30   #246
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Now that my home is not a council house, I think that approach would be futile.
The situation was worse when it was - at least now I have hope of improvements
It would be futile Margaret, HH may not be council owned but they still have a vested interest, and your councillor ill take up your case for you if asked
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Old 28-01-2009, 23:09   #247
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See Asda have begun the filling station, after amendments to Planning Applications, plus 'improvements to car park', which I presume will include the bus station. So be aware .. a little disruptive at the moment.
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Old 29-01-2009, 07:20   #248
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That's what I thought until this story appeared, and the fact emerged that Hyndburn is one of the boroughs with the highest unoccupied property figures in the country.

Specialist officer appointed to tackle Hyndburn's 2,000 empty homes (From Blackburn Citizen)

There's so much spin going on it's wonder there's anyone left standing at H.B.C.

He is going to create an empty properties database. Surely they shouldn't be admitting to that given that empty properties are still liable for council tax. Does this mean the council tax database is flawed?
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Old 29-01-2009, 08:04   #249
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See Asda have begun the filling station, after amendments to Planning Applications, plus 'improvements to car park', which I presume will include the bus station. So be aware .. a little disruptive at the moment.
Thanks for that info kate, was due to do the weekly shop at asda today.
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Old 29-01-2009, 08:07   #250
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He is going to create an empty properties database. Surely they shouldn't be admitting to that given that empty properties are still liable for council tax. Does this mean the council tax database is flawed?
My thoughts as well lancsdave, just what is this guy going to do, and how much will he being paid.
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Old 29-01-2009, 12:14   #251
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My thoughts as well lancsdave, just what is this guy going to do, and how much will he being paid.
To be quite honest Park being able to find the owners of Empty properties is not as straight forward as you may think, most empty properties are in the private sector and find out who owns them can at times be an absolute nightmare
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Old 29-01-2009, 12:47   #252
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Think you can tell the Council ones though Jaysay, they put some sort of silver lining and mesh (?) at the windows.

Private ones must be a nightmare though.
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Old 29-01-2009, 13:05   #253
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Are owners not registered with the Land Register?
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Old 29-01-2009, 13:15   #254
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Are owners not registered with the Land Register?

I thought that too, the deeds have to be held somewhere.
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Old 29-01-2009, 13:39   #255
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To be quite honest Park being able to find the owners of Empty properties is not as straight forward as you may think, most empty properties are in the private sector and find out who owns them can at times be an absolute nightmare
So is that this specialist's brief, to find the owners don't think you need a building specialist for that.
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