Westminster Conservatives have lost over £76,000 by leaving four flats on the Lisson Green estate vacant for more than three years. The flats, at Simpson and Tickford Houses, were vacant while they were awaiting major works.
This latest example of Council incompetence follows last week’s news that the Council has kept a 6 bed house at 109 Lisson Grove empty since November 2010, losing £20,000 in rent, and the long vacant former Balmoral Castle pub on Churchill Gardens Estate which closed in 2006 and has been covered in scaffolding at a cost of £20,000 a year while it awaits repair and renovation.
According to the Council, the rent loss for each of the Lisson Green empty flats is as follows;
Property – Total Rent loss
1 Simpson House – £17,158.81
2 Simpson House – £20,322.32
55 Tickford House – £21,808.87
57 Tickford House – £17,222.39
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said;
“This is another example of Westminster Conservatives’ financial incompetence and its inability to deliver new homes for local people. These empty properties could have provided homes for local residents who have since been shipped out of Westminster to Bletchley, Maidstone, Southend and elsewhere. Instead of providing decent homes, these Council flats have been left to rot or allowed to be squatted, costing a small fortune in lost rent and rates. It is truly shocking that the Conservatives have allowed this to happen and a disgrace that nobody is taking responsibility for these blatant failures.”