HARTLEPOOL has been named top of the list for having the worst kept homes in Britain, according to a new study.
But the findings have angered town leaders who have questioned the study and say there is plenty of regeneration going on in Hartlepool.
According to analysis of estate agent listings, commissioned by Halifax Home Insurance, Hartlepool’s homeowners top the list of towns and cities with housing in disrepair, closely followed by Wrekin, Staffordshire.
Labour councillor Robbie Payne, chairman of Hartlepool Borough Council’s regeneration committee, said: “I think Hartlepool residents take a lot of pride in their properties and I am flabbergasted the town came out top.
“Hartlepool properties can stand up to any in the country and there is a lot of regeneration going on in the town centre with new houses at Seaton Carew and Tanfield Road.”
Homeowners in Aberdeen keep their properties best maintained. The research was conducted by One Poll on a representative survey of 2,000 homeowners aged over 18.
It found homeowners put off major improvements with excuses ranging from fear of injuring themselves, not having the right tools or the time.