Homes are brought back to use

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Eleven properties in Ashington, which have stood empty for a combined total of 17 years, have been refurbished and brought back into use.

The work has been done thanks to funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government.

The properties include one of Ashington’s most troublesome houses on Castle Terrace which was empty for nine years and had been the target of repeated vandalism which the owner could not afford to repair. This property is now a comfortable home for a single parent and her young child.

The project is being led by the Ashington Community Development Trust, with the support of Northumberland County Council, which has been working closely with the Trust to identify long-term empty properties.

The properties have been purchased from private landlords, are now owned by the Trust and are being let to local people in housing need, at affordable rents. They include houses on Woodhorn Road, Catherine Street and Garden City Villas.

The scheme was able to take place thanks to £335,450 of funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government.

A further £205,000 was raised by the Trust.

Janet Cresswell from Ashington Community Development Trust, said: “Breathing new life into these properties and bringing them back into use has been a great project for us and it is satisfying that they are now all occupied and providing safe, comfortable and affordable ccommodation for local residents in housing need.”