Council pursues compulsory purchase order on eyesore house in Bradley Drive, Foxwood

York Press: The house in Bradley Drive, Foxwood, which Joyce Hardy and neighbour David Batey say has been attracting       squatters, vandals and fly-tippers The house in Bradley Drive, Foxwood, which Joyce Hardy and neighbour David Batey say has been attracting squatters, vandals and fly-tippers

COUNCIL bosses are seeking Government approval for the compulsory purchase of a York house that has been empty for more than 15 years, attracting squatters, vandals and fly-tippers.

City of York Council says it is pursuing the “option of last resort” to bring the property in Bradley Drive, Foxwood, back into use after its owner chose not to accept help from the authority.

Local residents say they are delighted by the decision to apply for a compulsory purchase order (CPO), while some said they were frustrated it had taken so long.

“I’m delighted,” said Joyce Hardy. “It’s been empty for 17 years and it could provide a home for someone else. We tried to get a petition up about it. It has been frustrating, but I gather there is a new law allowing them to do this.”

Another neighbour, David Batey, said: “I’m pleased it’s getting sorted. We have had squatters in there and it looks bad for the neighbourhood.”

A third resident, Linda Williams, said: “It’s a good thing. It will give another person a nice home.”

The Press first revealed in 2007 that residents were growing increasingly concerned about the empty house after youths broke in, prompting fears of an arson attack.

Earlier this year, a resident wrote to newspaper to claim the “eyesore” property was attracting vandals and flytippers.

Coun Tracey Simpson-Laing, cabinet member for housing, said yesterday that the authority’s Empty Homes Strategy and Action Plan for 2012-2015 gave a commitment to minimise the numbers of empty properties by supporting their owners to bring them back into use.

“This includes the use of compulsory purchase powers if the owner fails to engage with the council to facilitate re-occupation,” she said.

“It is imperative in a climate of increasing pressure on the housing market and for the benefit of our communities that empty homes are brought back into use.”

She added that when she was first alerted to this property about six years ago, the council would not use the powers it had available but the cabinet had approved a CPO in July, and also agreed to fund its renovation, after which it would be added to its housing stock.

Westfield Labour Councillor Steve Burton said: “We have a homes crisis in York and it is only right and proper that the council uses powers granted to it to bring empty properties back into use as homes.”

The Press, which reported in 2007 that the owner of the property was Dean Hill, was unable to contact the owner yesterday.

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9:36am Thu 14 Nov 13

LibDem says...

The case had reached Court in 2011 but, for some reason, the new Labour Council abandoned the action.

It's taken nearly 3 years to get back (almost) to that position.

The house may now be seized and the proceeds from a sale used to pay off Council Tax arrears and other debts. However it is in very poor condition.

Cllr Laing's comments are entirely bogus and designed to cover her incompetence.
The case had reached Court in 2011 but, for some reason, the new Labour Council abandoned the action. It's taken nearly 3 years to get back (almost) to that position. The house may now be seized and the proceeds from a sale used to pay off Council Tax arrears and other debts. However it is in very poor condition. Cllr Laing's comments are entirely bogus and designed to cover her incompetence. LibDem

10:02am Thu 14 Nov 13

again says...

LibDem wrote:
The case had reached Court in 2011 but, for some reason, the new Labour Council abandoned the action.

It's taken nearly 3 years to get back (almost) to that position.

The house may now be seized and the proceeds from a sale used to pay off Council Tax arrears and other debts. However it is in very poor condition.

Cllr Laing's comments are entirely bogus and designed to cover her incompetence.
Libdem

Bogus? Are you saying that she is simply lying?

Your own comment is vague and tendentious. Politicians, eh?
[quote][p][bold]LibDem[/bold] wrote: The case had reached Court in 2011 but, for some reason, the new Labour Council abandoned the action. It's taken nearly 3 years to get back (almost) to that position. The house may now be seized and the proceeds from a sale used to pay off Council Tax arrears and other debts. However it is in very poor condition. Cllr Laing's comments are entirely bogus and designed to cover her incompetence.[/p][/quote]Libdem Bogus? Are you saying that she is simply lying? Your own comment is vague and tendentious. Politicians, eh? again

10:19am Thu 14 Nov 13

Cllr Tracey Simpson-Laing says...

Dear Mr Galloway (Lib Dem)

I had to rip up your draft Empty Homes Policy in 2011. The policy I introduced included a Empty Homes Officer who has removed 198 homes from the list of those empty at April 2011 and attracted £2m of New Homes Bonus over 6 years. This is the first CPO and if others do not cooperate ther will be others.

I said I would sort this probelm out and use the powers available. I did and have and will continue to do so even though you told me that it wa 'too difficult'

By the way the name is Simpson-Laing
Dear Mr Galloway (Lib Dem) I had to rip up your draft Empty Homes Policy in 2011. The policy I introduced included a Empty Homes Officer who has removed 198 homes from the list of those empty at April 2011 and attracted £2m of New Homes Bonus over 6 years. This is the first CPO and if others do not cooperate ther will be others. I said I would sort this probelm out and use the powers available. I did and have and will continue to do so even though you told me that it wa 'too difficult' By the way the name is Simpson-Laing Cllr Tracey Simpson-Laing

11:47am Thu 14 Nov 13

The Great Buda says...

Good to see the Council acting to free up housing stock for people who need them.
Good to see the Council acting to free up housing stock for people who need them. The Great Buda

12:59pm Thu 14 Nov 13

redbluelion says...

Squatters are people who have nowhere to live,so why not do the house up and let them live in it.way to many homeless people now in this country.. these people should be given help and not persecuted for being homeless. so get a grip how would you people like to be treated this way. with winter here and christmas just around the corner..how many of you attend church each sunday and then go home and sit in your nice warm glass houses whilst other human beings freeze to death on a park bench somewhere,, Goodwill to al men..try reading the bible you people..God Bless All..
Squatters are people who have nowhere to live,so why not do the house up and let them live in it.way to many homeless people now in this country.. these people should be given help and not persecuted for being homeless. so get a grip how would you people like to be treated this way. with winter here and christmas just around the corner..how many of you attend church each sunday and then go home and sit in your nice warm glass houses whilst other human beings freeze to death on a park bench somewhere,, Goodwill to al men..try reading the bible you people..God Bless All.. redbluelion

12:59pm Thu 14 Nov 13

Zachthelad says...

Cllr Tracey Simpson-Laing wrote:
Dear Mr Galloway (Lib Dem) I had to rip up your draft Empty Homes Policy in 2011. The policy I introduced included a Empty Homes Officer who has removed 198 homes from the list of those empty at April 2011 and attracted £2m of New Homes Bonus over 6 years. This is the first CPO and if others do not cooperate ther will be others. I said I would sort this probelm out and use the powers available. I did and have and will continue to do so even though you told me that it wa 'too difficult' By the way the name is Simpson-Laing
Glad to see Ms Simpson-Laing utilising her valuable time by trawling the internet and biting at comments on websites.

Well done - Keep up the hard work
[quote][p][bold]Cllr Tracey Simpson-Laing[/bold] wrote: Dear Mr Galloway (Lib Dem) I had to rip up your draft Empty Homes Policy in 2011. The policy I introduced included a Empty Homes Officer who has removed 198 homes from the list of those empty at April 2011 and attracted £2m of New Homes Bonus over 6 years. This is the first CPO and if others do not cooperate ther will be others. I said I would sort this probelm out and use the powers available. I did and have and will continue to do so even though you told me that it wa 'too difficult' By the way the name is Simpson-Laing[/p][/quote]Glad to see Ms Simpson-Laing utilising her valuable time by trawling the internet and biting at comments on websites. Well done - Keep up the hard work Zachthelad

1:02pm Thu 14 Nov 13

Buzzz Light-year says...

Yes.
Politicians, eh?
Yes. Politicians, eh? Buzzz Light-year

1:14pm Thu 14 Nov 13

Oaklands Resident says...

The correct figures for the New Homes Bonus are that most of the £2.4 million grant to the York Council was generated by new housing developments which were agreed before Labour took office locally.

The calculations can be found on the government web site. http://tinyurl.com/N
HB-York

They reveal that only 11 long term empty properties were brought back into use in the City between October 2011 and October 2012.

York has had, for over a decade, one of the lowest proportions of unoccupied homes in the whole country.

Perhaps someone should put in a Freedom of Information request to the Council to find out just who has done what over the last 6 or 7 years.
The correct figures for the New Homes Bonus are that most of the £2.4 million grant to the York Council was generated by new housing developments which were agreed before Labour took office locally. The calculations can be found on the government web site. http://tinyurl.com/N HB-York They reveal that only 11 long term empty properties were brought back into use in the City between October 2011 and October 2012. York has had, for over a decade, one of the lowest proportions of unoccupied homes in the whole country. Perhaps someone should put in a Freedom of Information request to the Council to find out just who has done what over the last 6 or 7 years. Oaklands Resident

1:17pm Thu 14 Nov 13

Oyy you says...

Never mind the empty houses, something wants doing about the tenants that live in a hovel, that the council ignore making decent peoples lives a misery.......
Never mind the empty houses, something wants doing about the tenants that live in a hovel, that the council ignore making decent peoples lives a misery....... Oyy you

1:20pm Thu 14 Nov 13

inthesticks says...

Zachthelad wrote:
Cllr Tracey Simpson-Laing wrote:
Dear Mr Galloway (Lib Dem) I had to rip up your draft Empty Homes Policy in 2011. The policy I introduced included a Empty Homes Officer who has removed 198 homes from the list of those empty at April 2011 and attracted £2m of New Homes Bonus over 6 years. This is the first CPO and if others do not cooperate ther will be others. I said I would sort this probelm out and use the powers available. I did and have and will continue to do so even though you told me that it wa 'too difficult' By the way the name is Simpson-Laing
Glad to see Ms Simpson-Laing utilising her valuable time by trawling the internet and biting at comments on websites.

Well done - Keep up the hard work
To be fair, I don`t always agree with her opinions but I have no problem at all with Cllrs saying their bit on a public forum, and there`s only a couple of them that actually use their real names.
Be interesting if LibDem would come back with the reason their policy was unworkable (allegedly) and had to be ripped up.
[quote][p][bold]Zachthelad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cllr Tracey Simpson-Laing[/bold] wrote: Dear Mr Galloway (Lib Dem) I had to rip up your draft Empty Homes Policy in 2011. The policy I introduced included a Empty Homes Officer who has removed 198 homes from the list of those empty at April 2011 and attracted £2m of New Homes Bonus over 6 years. This is the first CPO and if others do not cooperate ther will be others. I said I would sort this probelm out and use the powers available. I did and have and will continue to do so even though you told me that it wa 'too difficult' By the way the name is Simpson-Laing[/p][/quote]Glad to see Ms Simpson-Laing utilising her valuable time by trawling the internet and biting at comments on websites. Well done - Keep up the hard work[/p][/quote]To be fair, I don`t always agree with her opinions but I have no problem at all with Cllrs saying their bit on a public forum, and there`s only a couple of them that actually use their real names. Be interesting if LibDem would come back with the reason their policy was unworkable (allegedly) and had to be ripped up. inthesticks

1:24pm Thu 14 Nov 13

inthesticks says...

Oyy you wrote:
Never mind the empty houses, something wants doing about the tenants that live in a hovel, that the council ignore making decent peoples lives a misery.......
Is that one tenant or all LA tenants or private tenants?
[quote][p][bold]Oyy you[/bold] wrote: Never mind the empty houses, something wants doing about the tenants that live in a hovel, that the council ignore making decent peoples lives a misery.......[/p][/quote]Is that one tenant or all LA tenants or private tenants? inthesticks

1:49pm Thu 14 Nov 13

Oyy you says...

inthesticks wrote:
Oyy you wrote:
Never mind the empty houses, something wants doing about the tenants that live in a hovel, that the council ignore making decent peoples lives a misery.......
Is that one tenant or all LA tenants or private tenants?
All......
[quote][p][bold]inthesticks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oyy you[/bold] wrote: Never mind the empty houses, something wants doing about the tenants that live in a hovel, that the council ignore making decent peoples lives a misery.......[/p][/quote]Is that one tenant or all LA tenants or private tenants?[/p][/quote]All...... Oyy you

3:04pm Thu 14 Nov 13

BishopthorpeLion says...

Isn't it true that quite a large number of the 198 is because of the demolition of the derelict nurses accommodation?
Isn't it true that quite a large number of the 198 is because of the demolition of the derelict nurses accommodation? BishopthorpeLion

3:53pm Thu 14 Nov 13

courier46 says...

System needs mending if it takes 15 years.
System needs mending if it takes 15 years. courier46

4:37pm Thu 14 Nov 13

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

Joyce Hardy. “It’s been empty for 17 years and it could provide a home for someone else. We tried to get a petition up about it.

For Joyce Hardy to conclude that the only way this matter was going to be dealt with would be through the pressure of petition is absolutely damning.
It is a reflection of just how poor the response has been over many years to a patent problem.

They can all point the finger but they all use the same pot. No service level, no commitment, no accountability and lots of bullet dodging.
Joyce Hardy. “It’s been empty for 17 years and it could provide a home for someone else. We tried to get a petition up about it. For Joyce Hardy to conclude that the only way this matter was going to be dealt with would be through the pressure of petition is absolutely damning. It is a reflection of just how poor the response has been over many years to a patent problem. They can all point the finger but they all use the same pot. No service level, no commitment, no accountability and lots of bullet dodging. YOUWILLDOASISAY

4:48pm Thu 14 Nov 13

Dave Ruddock says...

If this is correct, then please councilors, get out ur officers and go around yor election routse, areas and count the number of homes with sealed doors and windows, there are a number and also check on the rundown houses, I have se a number of homes around the city, that have rotten woodwork, windows, doors, yellow with age net curtaining, etc etc etc, We complain so councilors WHO DO NOT LIVE IN THE AREA ON THEIR ECECTORs , then be les green field building and more reuse of brown sites and homes .....
If this is correct, then please councilors, get out ur officers and go around yor election routse, areas and count the number of homes with sealed doors and windows, there are a number and also check on the rundown houses, I have se a number of homes around the city, that have rotten woodwork, windows, doors, yellow with age net curtaining, etc etc etc, We complain so councilors WHO DO NOT LIVE IN THE AREA ON THEIR ECECTORs , then be les green field building and more reuse of brown sites and homes ..... Dave Ruddock

5:22pm Thu 14 Nov 13

Alf Garnett says...

Extraordinary that the council has to ask permission from the government to do this. It shows the shallowness of Mr Cameron's localism agenda. The Lord Mayor of England, Eric Pickles should have better things with which to bother himself.
Extraordinary that the council has to ask permission from the government to do this. It shows the shallowness of Mr Cameron's localism agenda. The Lord Mayor of England, Eric Pickles should have better things with which to bother himself. Alf Garnett

6:01pm Thu 14 Nov 13

eeoodares says...

Alf Garnett wrote:
Extraordinary that the council has to ask permission from the government to do this. It shows the shallowness of Mr Cameron's localism agenda. The Lord Mayor of England, Eric Pickles should have better things with which to bother himself.
Would you be happy if our local Council had the authority of CPO?

I could not imagine anything more terrifying for the City of York to let this lot have more power than they do now.
[quote][p][bold]Alf Garnett[/bold] wrote: Extraordinary that the council has to ask permission from the government to do this. It shows the shallowness of Mr Cameron's localism agenda. The Lord Mayor of England, Eric Pickles should have better things with which to bother himself.[/p][/quote]Would you be happy if our local Council had the authority of CPO? I could not imagine anything more terrifying for the City of York to let this lot have more power than they do now. eeoodares

7:22pm Thu 14 Nov 13

inthesticks says...

Oyy you wrote:
inthesticks wrote:
Oyy you wrote:
Never mind the empty houses, something wants doing about the tenants that live in a hovel, that the council ignore making decent peoples lives a misery.......
Is that one tenant or all LA tenants or private tenants?
All......
You don`t even deserve the calories expended for me to reply on this keyboard. I won`t even waste any more time on you.
[quote][p][bold]Oyy you[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]inthesticks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oyy you[/bold] wrote: Never mind the empty houses, something wants doing about the tenants that live in a hovel, that the council ignore making decent peoples lives a misery.......[/p][/quote]Is that one tenant or all LA tenants or private tenants?[/p][/quote]All......[/p][/quote]You don`t even deserve the calories expended for me to reply on this keyboard. I won`t even waste any more time on you. inthesticks

9:56pm Thu 14 Nov 13

Oyy you says...

inthesticks wrote:
Oyy you wrote:
inthesticks wrote:
Oyy you wrote:
Never mind the empty houses, something wants doing about the tenants that live in a hovel, that the council ignore making decent peoples lives a misery.......
Is that one tenant or all LA tenants or private tenants?
All......
You don`t even deserve the calories expended for me to reply on this keyboard. I won`t even waste any more time on you.
Div........
[quote][p][bold]inthesticks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oyy you[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]inthesticks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oyy you[/bold] wrote: Never mind the empty houses, something wants doing about the tenants that live in a hovel, that the council ignore making decent peoples lives a misery.......[/p][/quote]Is that one tenant or all LA tenants or private tenants?[/p][/quote]All......[/p][/quote]You don`t even deserve the calories expended for me to reply on this keyboard. I won`t even waste any more time on you.[/p][/quote]Div........ Oyy you

10:50pm Thu 14 Nov 13

Magicman! says...

AT least the Press have got a useful picture of it up on the article now... as opposed to when the article was put up yesterday, and the image panel just had the Press logo, with the caption "Tea Towel catches fire".....
AT least the Press have got a useful picture of it up on the article now... as opposed to when the article was put up yesterday, and the image panel just had the Press logo, with the caption "Tea Towel catches fire"..... Magicman!

11:29pm Thu 14 Nov 13

Pinza/C55 says...

LibDem wrote:
The case had reached Court in 2011 but, for some reason, the new Labour Council abandoned the action.

It's taken nearly 3 years to get back (almost) to that position.

The house may now be seized and the proceeds from a sale used to pay off Council Tax arrears and other debts. However it is in very poor condition.

Cllr Laing's comments are entirely bogus and designed to cover her incompetence.
Since the story was reported in 2007 why did it take 4 years to get to court under your stewardship?
[quote][p][bold]LibDem[/bold] wrote: The case had reached Court in 2011 but, for some reason, the new Labour Council abandoned the action. It's taken nearly 3 years to get back (almost) to that position. The house may now be seized and the proceeds from a sale used to pay off Council Tax arrears and other debts. However it is in very poor condition. Cllr Laing's comments are entirely bogus and designed to cover her incompetence.[/p][/quote]Since the story was reported in 2007 why did it take 4 years to get to court under your stewardship? Pinza/C55

11:22am Fri 15 Nov 13

meme says...

Please don't suggest our local council get CPO powers
Things are bad enough already with our Marxist property teams
God knows what would happen if they were allowed to buy peoples homes with no checks or balances
For once they may have got it right. Who knows why a house is abandoned for so long but the neighbours have the right to some reasonable neighbourhood but just wait until its full of v difficult tenants rather than squatters
Please don't suggest our local council get CPO powers Things are bad enough already with our Marxist property teams God knows what would happen if they were allowed to buy peoples homes with no checks or balances For once they may have got it right. Who knows why a house is abandoned for so long but the neighbours have the right to some reasonable neighbourhood but just wait until its full of v difficult tenants rather than squatters meme

1:48pm Fri 15 Nov 13

asd says...

meme wrote:
Please don't suggest our local council get CPO powers Things are bad enough already with our Marxist property teams God knows what would happen if they were allowed to buy peoples homes with no checks or balances For once they may have got it right. Who knows why a house is abandoned for so long but the neighbours have the right to some reasonable neighbourhood but just wait until its full of v difficult tenants rather than squatters
I think you have marxism and communism mixed up pal. marxism was the anylism of Capoltism, Communism is not Marxism, socialism is based around the findings of Marxism. rather socialism based around distrabution of wealth rather than Capitolism where the wealth is in the upper 3% of the country and that disabled and poor get kicked out of homes because of bedroom tax.
[quote][p][bold]meme[/bold] wrote: Please don't suggest our local council get CPO powers Things are bad enough already with our Marxist property teams God knows what would happen if they were allowed to buy peoples homes with no checks or balances For once they may have got it right. Who knows why a house is abandoned for so long but the neighbours have the right to some reasonable neighbourhood but just wait until its full of v difficult tenants rather than squatters[/p][/quote]I think you have marxism and communism mixed up pal. marxism was the anylism of Capoltism, Communism is not Marxism, socialism is based around the findings of Marxism. rather socialism based around distrabution of wealth rather than Capitolism where the wealth is in the upper 3% of the country and that disabled and poor get kicked out of homes because of bedroom tax. asd

1:54pm Fri 15 Nov 13

YorkPatrol says...

I can't belive the squatters allowed themselves to be pictured for this article
I can't belive the squatters allowed themselves to be pictured for this article YorkPatrol

9:20pm Fri 15 Nov 13

Guy Fawkes says...

Why on earth won't the owner either sell it or make it habitable? If they can't afford to do the latter, you'd have thought that they'd welcome the income from the former. Charging orders on it and/or the proceeds would immediately be confiscated to cover fines, tax or debts, perhaps? Even in that state, with a CPO they'd probably get less than if it was sold on the open market.
Why on earth won't the owner either sell it or make it habitable? If they can't afford to do the latter, you'd have thought that they'd welcome the income from the former. Charging orders on it and/or the proceeds would immediately be confiscated to cover fines, tax or debts, perhaps? Even in that state, with a CPO they'd probably get less than if it was sold on the open market. Guy Fawkes

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