Burnley Wood derelict homes given a makeover

HOUSE ABOUT THAT!: Neal Cowgill, regeneration manager, next to one of the newly-painted properties in Reed Street. (s)
HOUSE ABOUT THAT!: Neal Cowgill, regeneration manager, next to one of the newly-painted properties in Reed Street. (s)

DERELICT houses in one Burnley street have been given a makeover with a difference.

Artists painted curtains, doors and even pretty flowerpots over the boarded-up windows of empty homes in Reed Street.

The idea to give the vandalism-plagued properties a real “lived-in” feel came after residents’ raised concerns about the disrepair of abandoned houses in the area.

Accent Regeneration and Community Partnerships, in partnership with Burnley Borough Council, carried out the work with the help of a trainee workforce from the Burnley Wood Terracefields Training and Community Centre who learned invaluable trade skills

Neal Cowgill, who managed the project on behalf of Accent, said: “Through the hard work of our trainees, supervisors and the co-operation of residents, we have been able to solve a local problem. We want to work with local residents to not only provide them with quality homes, but training and employment opportunities and opening the Burnley Wood Terracefields centre shows our commitment to this.

“We want to help create a stable and sustainable community – something we care very deeply about”.

Coun. Roger Frost, the council’s Executive member for regeneration and economic development, said: “We’re pleased to see and support Accent delivering such a worthwhile scheme in one of our neighbourhoods. Not only does it improve the visual appearance of the neighbourhood for its residents, but also engages its young people by giving them the chance to gain vital skills for life as part of the trainee programme.”