East Hull residents 'trapped' in their own homes as regeneration plan for run-down Holland Street falls through
RESIDENTS in Holland Street are furious after regeneration stalled in their community.
Houses were set to be demolished in the street near Holderness Road and tenants were promised new homes as part of the scheme funded by Housing Market Renewal (HMR) cash.
However, the money was withdrawn and Hull City Council sought alternative funding to improve the run-down street.
But those living in Holland Street say it's not good enough and they feel "trapped" in their own homes.
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They recently met Hull East MP Karl Turner about the issue.
Tony Parker, chairman of Holland Street Residents Association, said: "About 60 to 70 per cent of the properties suffer from chronic damp and we want more to be done for the area.
"We planned to meet Karl Turner and hoped there would be some officers there but it was just him and Councillor Gary Wareing.
"He took a lot of notes down and we are meeting him again in a month, but I don't know if we're any closer to getting out of Holland Street.
"I own my house and I'd struggle to sell it. We've been trying to get something done about this for years."
The Government changed its focus from demolition to bringing empty properties back into use and has changed available funding.
As a result, the city council successfully bid for funds to bring empty properties back into use in Holland Street and wider New Bridge Road area last year.
It has more than £3m to tackle empty homes in three cluster areas of the city – Holland Street, Wellsted Street and Boulevard.
The programme is also delivering a boundary frontage improvement scheme on the court terraces off Holland Street.
Mr Parker said: "It's just cosmetic stuff. The plans are ridiculous, you can't paint over damp walls.
"We hope someone will listen to us soon and we can get some answers from the council."
A spokeswoman for Hull City Council said surveys are almost complete and sign-up of owners is on-going.
She said: "Work will commence on site during spring and a total of £1.6m has been allocated for the frontage improvement schemes in the three cluster areas.
"The council continues to seek funding for Holland Street and will actively bid for any available cash."
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