Derelict Penarth house leaving neighbours "up in arms" over affect on other house prices
1:02pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
A DERELICT house in Penarth is leaving neighbours “up in arms” amid fears it is affecting other house prices in the street.
The Redlands Road home has fallen into rack and ruin since being abandoned more than two years ago.
It is alleged that no-one has lived at the property properly for around 13 years, but according to the Vale of Glamorgan Council someone does pay council tax on it.
A nearby neighbour, who asked not to be named, said the house was affecting the value of their property.
“I am trying to sell my house, but I can’t because of the awful state of the other one,” they said.
“Up and down the street, everyone has complained about it to the council at some time or another.”
The local resident also said the house – which is located near Victoria Garage – had been brought up at community PACT meetings due to concerns over squatters.
“A man moved in there for a short while but the police were notified and the house was secured so no-one can get in now, not even the owner,” they added.
A local estate agent called it a “terrible situation”.
"Residents are understandably up in arms," they added.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council said the house had been assessed as a medium risk as part of an empty properties appraisal.
Head of public protection at the local authority Alun Billinghurst said: "The council has received several complaints about this property in relation to the garden being overgrown and that the overall appearance of the property is affecting the sale of other houses in the street.
"Environmental health officer investigations have revealed that the property has been vacant for approximately two years. Attempts have been made to trace the owner but unfortunately this has not been successful.
“To address long term empty properties in the Vale of Glamorgan all properties are currently being risk assessed.
“This property has been assessed as a medium risk and as such will not be subject to proactive enforcement action at this time but as the highest risk properties are returned to use, properties further down the list will then be targeted for enforcement.
“Should further complaints be received they will be investigated and action will be taken where possible to address any problems identified. In the meantime, an information pack containing advice on how to maintain and return the property back to beneficial use has been left at the property for the owner.”