Ian Lucas

Your Labour Member of Parliament for Wrexham

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We need action on empty properties

A PROPERLY enforced empty homes policy for Wrexham could mean properties across the county being brought back into use.

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I visited two separate empty properties in Wrexham this week. Despite being several miles apart, in Little Acton and in Summerhill, both properties are causing similar problems for nearby residents.

Both properties, despite having owners, have been left empty for years and have issues with overgrown gardens, animals and birds, and are unsightly for local residents.

I’ve raised concerns about the properties with Wrexham Council and limited amounts of action have been taken as a result.

I do have some sympathy for the council as taking action to enforce these issues is not always straightforward.

However, I also have a great deal of sympathy for those residents who have to live next door to these properties. When I visited Cavendish Square in Little Acton, for example, residents told me they had been pushing for action for ten years.

That pattern repeats in villages across the constituency and I believe it is wrong that we have so many empty properties when they could be put to use. There are enforcement powers, and the council can take action. When they have – such as their recent work improving properties in Foster Road in Rhosddu – I have praised that work.

That property is now no longer derelict, and recently went on sale on the open market. The council’s success there could be replicated in places like Cavendish Square – and right across the town.

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