A six bedroom house in Lisson Grove, Marylebone, NW1, owned by Westminster City Council, has been vacant for over two years and has cost residents over £14,000 in lost rent and Council Tax. A total of £12,300 accounts for the lost rent over the past two years.
The property at 109 Lisson Grove is a six bedroom house which has been empty since 21 November 2010. It was initially proposed to sell the property. However, in July 2012 the Council decided to convert the house into two, three bedroom homes. However, six months later, the house remains derelict and boarded up. Residents living nearby have complained repeatedly about the poor state of the property which has, in the past, attracted squatters.
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group; said;
“This is an appalling example of Council waste at a time when there are so many local families in overcrowded conditions and in need of a decent home locally. Why are Westminster Conservatives so inefficient and wasteful of public money? Why does it take them so long to get the basics right? This house should have been renovated in a matter of a few months, yet it has been boarded up and empty for over two years.”
Westminster Council is also paying more than £20,000 a year to building contractors to keep the Balmoral Castle, on the Churchill Gardens Estate encased in scaffolding to keep it from collapsing. According to the council’s property department “the building has been empty since the lease to Watney Truman Limited expired in 2006. The building is derelict, has structural problems and is being supported by scaffolding at a cost to the council of £20,400 per annum excluding VAT.” So far, the Council has paid over £120,000 to keep the pub vacant