‘It’s been seven years‘ - Relief as council house refurbishment begins

Somerton Parish Council is concerned about the long delays in refurbishing a council house on Horsey

Somerton Parish Council is concerned about the long delays in refurbishing a council house on Horsey Road. Picture: Somerton Parish Council. - Credit: Archant

Refurbishment work has started on a dilapidated council house that has stood empty for almost seven years.

The state of the semi-detached dwelling, on Horsey Road in Somerton, had become a source concern for the local parish council - and in September its members said delays in refurbishing the house had denied a family a chance to live there.

But last month Great Yarmouth Borough Council, which owns the property, began tackling the dilapidation.

Richard Starling, Somerton Parish Council chairman, said: "We are very pleased that finally work is being done.

"It's seven years I believe this January it has been empty.

"It dragged on for so long, waiting for the borough council to do something about it.


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"People keep on about empty houses. This is the only council-owned property in the village and we just want to see it occupied and used.

"It's a relief as we are looking forward to somebody who has been waiting for property to move in. A lot of people are on the waiting list.

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"We are a bit happier than we were this time last year," Mr Starling said.

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