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North Ayrshire Council features in BBC One TV show

Posted on 27 Feb 2020

The ground-breaking work being carried out by North Ayrshire Council to breathe new life into empty properties is featuring in a new BBC TV series.

TV presenter Matt Allwright – best known for Rogue Traders – visited North Ayrshire to shine a spotlight on the Council’s Private Sector Housing team for the new BBC One series, Britain’s Housing Scandal.

With many disused properties lying empty across the UK, Matt discovered the work being done to bring derelict homes back into use here in North Ayrshire.

Matt speaks to team manager Emma Anderson and Drew Davidson, Senior Officer Operations with Building Services, as he visits Craignaw Place in Irvine and Woodwynd in Kilwinning.

Both houses were privately owned but had fallen into disrepair after becoming vacant.

The Council recently acquired both properties which will now be transformed from derelict shells into fantastic family homes.

Councillor Jim Montgomerie, Cabinet Member for Place, said: “We know how empty properties can be a blight on local communities and attract anti-social behaviour.

“Sometimes, these properties are left for years, and that can become a real issue for neighbours.

“However, we’ve made great progress into dealing with this issue and, over the last three years, we have managed to bring 462 empty properties back into use.

“That’s an incredible figure and testament to the outstanding work going on here in North Ayrshire as part of our continuing efforts to regenerate our communities.”

It’s been a successful year for the the Private Sector Housing team who received national recognition late last year from Shelter Scotland for their work.

At Shelter’s annual Scottish Empty Homes Conference, Matt Allwright was on hand again to present the team with the award for Scottish Empty Homes Champions of the Year 2019 for Outstanding Service.

Britain’s Housing Scandal is airing every day this week on BBC One. Viewers can catch up on the TV show by searching for Britain’s Housing Scandal on BBC iPlayer.