VALE COUNCIL COULD TAKE OVER DECAYING PENARTH HOUSE

The condition of the property is in stark contrast with the well-kept houses next door

The condition of the property is in stark contrast with the well-kept houses next door

The Vale of Glamorgan Council could take “possession” of a rat-infested, damp and empty end-terrace house – 11 Redlands Road, Penarth –  in which no one has lived for 17 years.

An Vale Council  “untidy land” notice which was slapped on the property in November last year (reported by PDN on http://tinyurl.com/gtqey8n ) appears to have had no effect . The house continues to be a problem for local residents  in an area where most houses are worth more £250,000.

Property experts say the Vale Council could use an “Empty Dwelling Management Order”  under the Housing Act 2004 which allows an independent residential property tribunal to allow a local authority to  take-over the day-to-day management of a property  to ensure it is brought back into use. An EDMO would give the council “possession of the property without taking ownership of it”  and does not affect the rights of the owner.

A council Enforcement Notice nailed to the front door of 11 Redlands Road in November last year was ignored .

A council Enforcement Notice nailed to the front door of 11 Redlands Road in November last year was ignored .

In a road of well-kept pricey properties within easy walking distance of  Stanwell School ,the house at 11 Redland Road  stands out as a blot on the landscape and a blight on the neighbourhood. Neighbours say the house has rotting window frames and the chimney stack may be unstable .

This  enforcement notice fixed to the front door of 11 Redlands Road had no effect.

This enforcement notice fixed to the front door of 11 Redlands Road had no effect.

The front door bears notices evidencing previous, but evidently unfruitful visits by public officials .The Vale of Glamorgan Council has told Wales On Line it has twice taken legal action  against the property’s owner, Mari James.

Wales on Line says the owner was vice-chair of the Yes for Wales campaign in the run-up to the devolution referendum. The Vale of Glamorgan Council has now assessed the property as “high risk” and the council is “actively looking to secure the property through further legal action” .

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6 Responses to VALE COUNCIL COULD TAKE OVER DECAYING PENARTH HOUSE

  1. anne says:

    Amazed that the owner of this neglected property is a PR Representative for Community Pharmacy Wales. She also registers her directorships at this penarth address. So not someone inept but quite capable makes it hard to understand this deliberate neglect and anti social behaviour. Perhaps she should get an asbo.

  2. Concerned Citizen says:

    … or maybe she is ill or something? Worth trying to find out nicely before resorting to legal tactics which tend to be time consuming, expensive and often non effective (think Bolland!)

  3. Matt says:

    There are two properties on Westbourne Road that look empty and in need of serious repair! The one on the left-hand side as you approach Paget Rooms looks like a haunted house and has recently had scaffolding put on the outside of it.

  4. Ivor Bagman says:

    If squatters enter one of these
    Properties –
    Who pays the council tax ?

  5. Ivor Bagman says:

    Penarth could accommodate
    At least 100 Syrians
    Using empty properties
    like these !

  6. CelticMan says:

    V of G – sort it out!

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