open for 'Homes for £1'
LIVERPOOL City Council are
currently inviting formal applications for an innovative scheme
which is giving 20 local residents the opportunity to buy a house
for just £1.
The City Council announced in February that it was launching a pilot
'Homes for £1' scheme, as part of plans to breathe new
life into vacant properties in Granby and Picton.
There has been an overwhelming response to the plans, with over
4,000 people registering an interest in acquiring one of the 20
properties. Now, the Council is inviting these people to complete
the full application form.
The form is also available online from the afternoon of Wednesday,
24 April 2013 on the City Council's website. Local people who did
not originally register an interest are still able to apply, by
and completing the form. The final deadline for responses is
Tuesday, 7 May 2013.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said:- "I've made it a
priority to bring 1,000 empty properties back into use in this City
and to help as many local people as possible get onto the property
ladder. This innovative scheme will support both these aims. There
is a huge amount of demand for these £1 homes, but it's important
that people realise that everything we are doing is about building a
sustainable future for our neighbourhoods. That's why we are only
looking for people who have a genuine commitment to bringing these
properties back to life and turning them into a home they are proud
to live in."
The form sets out the criteria that people must meet in order to be
eligible for one of the houses. Applicants must live or work in
Liverpool, must be a 1st time buyer and must be employed.
Applicants are asked to specify which area they are interested in;
Webster Triangle, Granby, or Arnside Road; and provide details of
any local connections they have with their chosen area.
Applicants must also agree to live in the property for a minimum of
5 years and not sub-let it within this time. They are also asked to
specify how they intend to undertake and finance the refurbishment
of the property.
Liverpool City Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Ann
O'Byrne, said:- "We know how important strong, thriving
communities are to local people, and that's why we're doing
everything we can to bring our empty homes back into use. Properties
in these areas have lain empty for too long, but in tough economic
times, we need to be creative and look at doing things differently.
We've been really pleased with the public response to our homes for
£1 scheme, and we're optimistic that this will prove to be an
effective way of unlocking investment in properties, providing
people with a much-needed home and attracting people back into our
Residents who are successful in obtaining a home will be expected to
refurbish it to Decent Home Standard, which means it must be in a
reasonable state of repair, be warm, weatherproof and have
reasonably modern facilities.
The City Council estimates the scale of works required on each
property is likely to cost more than £35,000 and is currently
exploring whether short-term financial assistance could be provided
to people, where required.
Those successful in obtaining a property will sign up to a building
license. The property will be surveyed and a works schedule
provided, with refurbishment expected to be completed within 12
On completion of the works, the property will inspected to ensure
that the refurbishment has been carried out satisfactorily. The
property freehold will then be transferred from the City Council to
To formally apply for the 'Homes for £1' scheme, or for more
information, residents should visit:-
Alternatively, residents can call:- 0151 233 3073. The
closing date for applications is Tuesday, 7 May 2013. The City
Council will assess all applications before making a decision on who
will get the properties, and where they will be, in June 2013.
UNITE Taekwondo made an
extremely impressive showing at the Dan Grading in Mansfield last
weekend (13 April to 14 April). Students Jake Clarke, Nadia Kippax and
Josh Kippax all produced fine displays to attain their coveted 1st
Dan on Saturday, whilst Tim Dunn gave an outstanding performance to
achieve his 2nd Degree on Sunday. Nadia's performance was even more
impressive considering she suffered a badly dislocated knee only 9
A grading panel of 6 Masters from British Taekwondo who are the
National Governing body for the sport in this country, and, who
oversee Team GB and Olympic competitions oversaw the event. It was
satisfying that the Board made mention of all 4 local students in
recognizing outstanding performances over the weekend.
Master Thomas Chief Instructor at Unite Taekwondo was hugely
gratified with the performances of his students and is looking
forward to helping these students progress and fulfil their next
If anyone would like to try Taekwondo out we offer 4 FREE class
in Southport and Formby, should call them on:- 01704 500 323 or
unitemartialarts.com for more information.
COUNTY ward residents have
hit the lottery jackpot. Walton Village Residents Association has
successfully bid for £10,000 from the Awards for All scheme.
They have landed the cash to put on a number of activities, ranging
from providing holidays for elderly residents through to cabaret
afternoons with local acts to raise money for charities.
The money raised from the bingo at cabaret afternoons will be given
to Local Solutions to provide telephones to help keep people at risk
of domestic violence safe, and the 'Shine a Light' project
with the Basement to celebrate the achievements of homeless people.
The funding will also enable a group of 90 older people to enjoy a
week at Prestatyn Sands Holiday Park in North Wales.
Councillor Gerard Woodhouse, Mayoral Lead for Older People, said:-
"This is great news and will enable us to continue running a series
of important projects which really benefit people living in County.
Getting out and about, meeting others and spending time doing
activities makes a major different to people's health and
Councillor Eryl Owen, Secretary of Walton Village Residents
Association, added:- "This is a relatively small amount of
money but it makes a big difference to the lives of many people."