‘Progress made’ on regenerating run-down areas of Burnley

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WORK to regenerate run-down parts of Burnley by demolishing rows of boarded-up houses, facelifting and building new homes is making good progress.

That was the message from the latest meeting of Burnley Council.

Lib-Dem Coun. Anne Kelly said: “It’s become obvious as you drive through town at the moment that progress has been made with regard to housing renewal.”

Coun. Shah Hussain, from the Labour group, expressed concern about the state of rows of derelict houses near Abel Street but was assured by Coun. Roger Frost, the council’s Executive member for regeneration and economic development, these properties would be demolished under the clearance programme.

Coun. Hussain said: “There is a lot of work still to be done, it’s a huge, huge issue.”

Coun. Frost said: “What we are doing is the three things we have been doing for the last seven years. In the last year or 18 months it’s stepped enormously.

“We have been clearing property, facelifting property and constructing new houses in all these areas.

“I think after seven years of hard work we are coming to a good conclusion.

“All of us on this council have been involved with it. It’s a great big plus for Burnley.”