THE council is to receive £600,000 from the Government to help bring 130 empty homes in Halifax back into use,
It will be matched by a similar sum from property owners and other sources, and comes on top of the £100,000 awarded in March to help improve run down shops.
Calderdale Council’s Labour leader, Tim Swift said: “Empty properties cause problems for their neighbours, bring down property prices, attract anti-social behaviour, arson and criminal activity. They are also a terrible waste of a precious resource, particularly where demand for homes is high.
“There are clusters of empty properties in the town centre and we will be working with the owners to bring them back into use as soon as we can.”
Clusters of empty properties within easy walking distance of the town centre and public transport links were identified in the bid and will be made into will make ideal homes for professionals, families, singles and pensioners.
Town centre shop owners will be contacted to find out if the space above their shops can be converted.