New lease of life for derelict laundrette

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RESIDENTS are no longer in a spin after a derelict launderette was transformed as part of a regeneration scheme.

The empty property has been given a new lease of life as part of a major regeneration scheme having stood empty for around 20 years.

The terraced property in York Road has been refurbished and converted into four flats.

The property is currently owned by Housing Hartlepool and the work has been carried out by Community Campus, a social enterprise that works across the Tees Valley to provide job and training opportunities for people in real working environments.

The refurbishment has been carried out by a dedicated team of workers made up of plasterer Stuart Rodgers, joiner Jason Clark, brick layer/plasterer Anthony Cusworth, joiner supervisor Paul Randall and decorators Andrew Jamieson, Peter Jamieson, Alice Trotter, Neil Robinson and Andrew Harrison.

The wide-ranging works included the restoration of gas and electricity services, a full re-wire, installation of central heating and new kitchens and bathrooms in each flat.

The refurbishment is part of a wider programme of work by Housing Hartlepool that will eventually see it bring back into use almost 100 empty properties.

And this is being complemented by Hartlepool Borough Council’s own Empty Property Purchasing Scheme which is set to buy-up, refurbish and bring back into use a total of 160 empty homes across the town by 2018.

Speaking during National Empty Homes Week, Councillor Robbie Payne, the chair of the council’s Regeneration Services Committee, said: “An individual empty property that is in poor condition can lead to the wider decline of an area, and that is why the intervention work being carried out by the Council and organisations like Housing Hartlepool is vitally important.

“It’s great to see so much good progress being made on empty properties, but we acknowledge that much remains to be done and we will continue to actively seek funding to build on what has already been achieved.

“In respect of the property in York Road, the quality of the refurbishment work carried out is absolutely superb and I would like to congratulate the team on their efforts.”

Nigel Budd, Partnerships Manager at Housing Hartlepool – part of the Thirteen Group, added: “We are delighted to be playing a leading role, along with the council, in tackling the problem of empty homes across Hartlepool and it is good to see that our collective efforts are paying off.

“The transformation of this particular property has been amazing and it’s all down to the hard work and skills of the Community Campus team.”