Eyesore empty house could finally be brought back into use
AN empty house in Matson which has riled neighbours for the past three years could be returned to its former glory.
Number 76 The Lampreys has stood empty since 2009, becoming a regular haunt for squatters and those looking for a casual overnight stay.
The grounds have been neglected and neighbours have been calling for the eyesore to be sorted out.
Gloucester city councillor Kate Haigh (L, Matson and Robinswood) has received complaints, but there could be light at the end of the tunnel.
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She said: "It was being used by unsavoury people for unsavoury reasons.
"I have received a number of complaints from the residents about this house."
She added: "Now, thankfully, the council has found who owns the house and I believe conversations are ongoing with a view to bringing the house back into use.
"It is great to see some action being taken and I hope it is sorted out soon."
Gloucester City Council took decisive action 18 months ago, because of the problems, and boarded the property up.
Claire Lillie, of the Lampreys Residents' Association, said: "This really is brilliant news. Any kind of use is better than it just sat there looking ugly.
"It has been a bit of a problem for a while, but not so much recently after the council boarded it up.
"It isn't nice to have a house like this in the estate.
"It doesn't look great and I'm sure there is a need for more housing in the area so it's good news that it's being brought back into use."
Gloucester City Homes (GCH) does not own the house, but is working with the residents' association to solve the issue.