Empty Farnworth house 'is a disgrace', say residents

The Bolton News: Local residents Susan Arnott and Glen Hamer at the empty house Local residents Susan Arnott and Glen Hamer at the empty house

AN empty house has become a magnet for fly-tippers.

Neighbours claim the three-bedroom house in Central Avenue, Farnworth, has been left in a “disgraceful” state.

Bolton at Home said the house could not be lived in, but could form part of a larger development earmarked for the area.

Resident Keith Whitworth, aged 76, said: “It would seem there is no shortage of three-bedroom houses in Farnworth and the surrounding areas. This house has been left in this disgraceful state for about 14 months by Bolton at Home.

“This house is a slum in the middle of our avenue.”

His wife Margaret, aged 74, added: “I would say about 70 per cent of houses in the avenue are privately owned. We want to know more about this new development.”

Kerry Mulroney, a play specialist, aged 42, has lived in Central Avenue for 40 years. She said: “There’s a family somewhere that needs that property.”

Susan Arnott, a customer service adviser, aged 51, added: “It’s just making this street look like an eyesore. We are all paying council tax and yet we have to look at that.”

Glen Hamer, aged 51, said: “It’s so annoying, because there are people being told there’s no social housing available, and yet this property is left empty for ages.”

Bolton at Home said there was a shortage of affordable housing in Bolton.

A spokesman said: “That’s why we don’t like any of our homes sitting empty. We’re as committed to bringing them back into use quickly as we are to new-build and acquisitions.

“This particular property sits on the entrance to our former works depot and we are currently exploring potential options for this site, which could include this house.”

Bolton at Home said the house would need “significant investment” to bring it back into use.

The spokesman added: “Including it as part of potential new development, eligible for funding, may realise a better option.

“We apologise to neighbouring customers for the time it has remained empty and it becoming a target for minor fly-tipping.

“We’ve recently cleared the garden and we will update tenants on our plans as feasibility studies progress.”

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1:53pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Jim271 says...

What planet are Bolton at Home on?

There is supposed to be a housing shortage and yet there are homes empty??????

Sack someone
What planet are Bolton at Home on? There is supposed to be a housing shortage and yet there are homes empty?????? Sack someone Jim271

3:10pm Thu 30 Jan 14

wsw69 says...

Jim271 wrote:
What planet are Bolton at Home on?

There is supposed to be a housing shortage and yet there are homes empty??????

Sack someone
Spot-on.

14 months is farcical for a council awash with money. Their financial reserves are mind boggling, so there is no reason that house is in that state for so long. A couple of days 'takings' from all the parking tickets issued by the 'Parking Stazi' around this dump of a town would pay for whatever is needed to be done to bring that house back to a habitable state.

I suggest Bolton At Home should sell the house to someone who is willing to revamp it. Anything to do with councils is drawn out, expensive bureaucratic bulls H 1 t, and this reeks 100% of just that.

And before anyone pipes up and paps on about Bolton At Home is nothing to do with the useless and completely ineffective Bolton Council, don't bother.
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: What planet are Bolton at Home on? There is supposed to be a housing shortage and yet there are homes empty?????? Sack someone[/p][/quote]Spot-on. 14 months is farcical for a council awash with money. Their financial reserves are mind boggling, so there is no reason that house is in that state for so long. A couple of days 'takings' from all the parking tickets issued by the 'Parking Stazi' around this dump of a town would pay for whatever is needed to be done to bring that house back to a habitable state. I suggest Bolton At Home should sell the house to someone who is willing to revamp it. Anything to do with councils is drawn out, expensive bureaucratic bulls H 1 t, and this reeks 100% of just that. And before anyone pipes up and paps on about Bolton At Home is nothing to do with the useless and completely ineffective Bolton Council, don't bother. wsw69

5:56pm Thu 30 Jan 14

tracy1000 says...

bolton at home have just spent umpteen thousand pounds building 10 shoe boxes on darley st in farnworth surely they could have used that money to bring its stock of houses that are in desperate need of revamping up to date
bolton at home have just spent umpteen thousand pounds building 10 shoe boxes on darley st in farnworth surely they could have used that money to bring its stock of houses that are in desperate need of revamping up to date tracy1000

6:00pm Thu 30 Jan 14

wsw69 says...

Bolton at Home are not fit for purpose. They are fine artistes at wasting money by the cart load. Knowing this pathetic country, Bolton at Home probably get the loss of rental income paid back to them from central government, so no incentive to do anything.

Line em all up against a wall ....................
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.................... I'm sure you know the rest
Bolton at Home are not fit for purpose. They are fine artistes at wasting money by the cart load. Knowing this pathetic country, Bolton at Home probably get the loss of rental income paid back to them from central government, so no incentive to do anything. Line em all up against a wall .................... .................... .................... I'm sure you know the rest wsw69

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