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Call to give council tools to tackle 1,037 empty homes in Flintshire

CALLS have been made to set up a national strategy to bring empty homes back into use after it was revealed there are more than 1,000 properties in Flintshire that have been vacant for at least six months.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats are pushing for co-ordinated action which gives councils the tools and resources to make progress to tackle the number of empty homes across Wales – which stands at 31,644, with 23,287 classed as long-term empty dwellings.

Welsh Lib Dem Assembly Member Aled Roberts said: “Empty homes are a blight on our communities.

“Dereliction discourages investment and empty houses are a focal point for anti-social behaviour, arson and petty crime.

“They can become a danger to public health and damage the local environment.

“Regenerating empty homes offers significant benefits for our economy.”

In Flintshire there are 1,037 properties that have been empty for more than six months. Mr Roberts welcomed the ‘Houses into Homes’ initiative but says more needs to be done to ‘make real progress’.