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Void of imagination

October 2nd 2009

As homeless people struggle to secure a tenancy and hard working families are forced to pay through the nose for poor and often substandard private accommodation, perfectly good houses across Renfrewshire lie derelict, says a local campaigner. Scottish Socialist Party worker Jimmy Kerr (pictured) hopes to persuade Renfrewshire Council to consider refurbishing void houses to bring down housing waiting lists and ease the shortage of homes in Renfrewshire. The 34-year-old activist is particularly concerned with the West End, one area with a very high number of voids, which are not only an eyesore for the residents, but cause multiple related social problems, including vandalism and graffiti. More importantly, they create the preconditions for other more serious crimes including drug dealing and gang activity. "Currently, we have a critical shortage of housing across Renfrewshire and Scotland," Kerr said, "yet demolition seems to be Renfrewshire Council's answer to everything, and we have seen hundreds of potential homes flattened , which could have been brought up to standard. "We are now campaigning to have tenements brought up to standard instead of being razed to the ground."

October 2009



A fresh approach

Grim discovery in Kent

Dispersal zone extended at Waterloo

Official headcount drops to 464

HRH at 999

Stop stop-and-search

Death in Peterborough

Tory councils to cut spending on services

Soup Run Forum news

Recession bites Bury - and beyond

Cardiff sees rise in homeless migrants

A Finsbury fortune

Alaskan deaths raise alarm

Essex clown dies

French "tramp game" sparks controversy

Homeless doll for the rich

Hard work to meet Scotland’s 2012 target

Housing in hard times

Street Shield 8: The Tunnels

Mad about film

A Don deal?

On a mission

Homeless film in Fife

Connect 2

Void of imagination

Haunted graffiti


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