Empty property owners encouraged to attend Library @ the Lightbox event

Barnsley Council’s Empty Homes team will be marking National Empty Homes Week by holding an event at the Library @ the Lightbox on Saturday 28 September. The drop-in session will be held between 10am and 12pm where the team will be on hand to provide advice and answer any questions relating to empty properties.

There are many different reasons why a property has been left empty and each individual reason is unique to the owner and their personal circumstances. The role of the council’s  Empty Homes team is to work with property owners, local communities and other partners to provide a better use of empty properties throughout the borough that help contribute to the housing shortage.

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Regeneration and Culture, said: “Our Empty Homes team helps landlords, residents and the wider borough in making sure our housing is put to best use.

“If you have a property that is empty and you’re unsure what steps to take, come along to the event or get in touch for advice and guidance.”

For further information on the event or empty homes in Barnsley contact the council’s Empty Homes team at emptyhomes@barnsley.gov.uk.

This news is linked to Town Spirit, our new way of working better together. We believe, that if everyone in Barnsley does just one thing, we can make our borough a more welcoming place to live, work, invest and visit.

#BuildIt doesn’t just link to the town centre regeneration; it covers all the things we do to provide vibrant towns across the borough. As well as building new infrastructure, leisure and cultural facilities, it also includes the maintenance of what we already have.

To help us achieve this, we need people to #OwnIt by:

  • Reporting empty homes
  • Visiting your local town centres regularly
  • Telling us how we can improve your town centre

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