Residents have hit back at national claims that Accrington is a ‘ghost-town’.
Woodnook has recently been the subject of national news reports due to the high number of boarded up buildings and empty properties in the area.
Hyndburn has the second largest number of empty dwellings in the country with 7 per cent of properties empty, but a new scheme being rolled out in Woodnook will see 200 empty properties restored as part of a £14M regeneration project which will transform ‘two up, two down’ terrace houses into modern energy efficient homes.
Work has already started on improving boarded up properties in Royds Street, Augusta Street and Booth Street.
And Woodnook resident Cath Holmes said the area is on the up. She said: “After years of boarded up houses on the streets, they’re going to be brought back to life and use.”
The council is working with developer PlaceFirst and housing association Twin Valley Homes on the project.
Community worker Joyce Plummer, said: “Small grants have become available for organisations in the Peel ward of Accrington to help improve the area, or facilities for both the young and elderly residing in the ward.”
Deputy council leader Clare Pritchard said: “We have done our best not to portray the area as a ghost town. The council is working to bring these properties into use in an innovative way.
“I am proud to be from Accrington and I think there is a lot going on to make people proud.”