The ever-reliable Leeds Citizen blog has been focussing on empty homes in Leeds this week and has today put the focus on the Garnets area of Beeston and a regeneration scheme that hasn’t worked out.
In the poignant post, the author states:
“The houses weren’t worth doing up. Apparently. And pulling them down will help “regenerate” the area – or that’s the plan.”
“The end result?
“The city’s housing stock is lighter by 76. Houses condemned six years ago as “unsustainable stock” are now being refurbished. Others bought up from private owners for demolition (with all the associated costs) are going to be brought back into use.
“Where those 76 houses stood, the rough ground will be turned into “greenspace”, waiting for a developer or a government grant to come along some day and build those new homes that may or may not regenerate the area.
“Some day, one day …”
Leeds Citizen really is worth a read – it puts virtually every journalist in this city to shame with its reporting and analysis of council-related issues.