Bungalows on the perimeter of the Closes Estate at Redcar have been boarded up but Ward Councillor Chris Abbott has called on Coast and Country Housing to reconsider the decision to demolish them, which was taken before the removal of the spare bedroom subsidy.
Chris Abbott raised the
issue at a meeting on Redcar and Cleveland Council on 30th May and has since
written to Iain Sim, Chief Executive of Coast and Country Housing
“If Coast and Country Housing is finding it so
difficult to assist people to downsize as a result of the removal of the spare
bedroom subsidy, why are they not changing the property specification for the
new homes planned on the Closes estate?
abandon the plan to demolish the popular one-bed bungalows on the perimeter of
the Closes and re-let these popular properties?
it does not make sense replacing them with two-bed flats when these were made
more secure and were fully renovated during the first phase of modernisation on
the estate, which cost £40,000 per property.”
There are still 28
bungalows left, of which around 20 are due to be demolished.