Newsletter 3 Empty Homes Week and News Round-Up

BBC TV Empty Homes series to be broadcast this year

Thanks to everyone who got in touch with the production company making the BBC’s new empty homes series. We don’t yet have a start date for the four programme series, but it is promised before Christmas. The working title is attention-grabbing, ‘Britain’s Housing Scandal’ and the BBC media centre tell us that the presenter ‘Matt Allwright is on a journey to seek out the UK’s empty homes and tell their stories.’

The programme-makers seem serious in their effort to understand the problem and to illustrate the excellent work of empty homes officers to combat it.

Tell us what you are doing locally for National Empty Homes Week 2018

Next week is National Empty Homes Week and we will be showcasing all the local action. Please send us links, pictures and short nuggets of text summarising what you are doing.
We will link to your work via social media and promote examples of your local best practice to the national media. We will also add all the activity around the country to the national website.

 

As we build up to Empty Homes Week 2018 we have seen a surge in media interest and stories about empty homes

Easy-EDMOs’
Among the most notable news grabbing the national headlines was a proposal from the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea that they would welcome an easing of EDMO powers to effectively allow the granting of an EDMO purely on the basis of non-occupation. The borough’s Leader having written to Kit Malthouse the Housing Minister with a more detailed exposition of this.

The story made Radio 4’s flagship Today News Programme last Saturday, though some aspects of it were explained in a somewhat confused manner – the discussion starts at 51:04 into the programme Kensington & Chelsea’s proposals also made the Daily Mail   The Guardian and the soaraway Sun

From Kensington to Kent the waste goes on…
The sorry tale of 33 empty ex-MOD homes left to become derelict in Canterbury was covered on BBC and ITV South East News. Empty Homes was able to comment on the 6 pm ITV news and on the local BBC evening bulletins, to support Canterbury Council’s attempts to get the homes back into use, despite delays apparently caused by the way the Ministry of Defence handled the properties.

The Canterbury empty homes story was also covered by ITV online and also here.

And finally...
The Guardian produced a great piece on how community-based approaches to bringing empty homes back into use can make real impact on lives and communities – we are always keen to showcase the sort of examples they have covered here

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