More former council houses in
Coventry face demolition because they are run-down and unpopular, with
Wood End the latest area to come under the microscope of the men with
Eyesore homes that are a haven
for vandals on the estate could be knocked down if neighbours agree.
Residents groups in Wood End have been campaigning for the houses to
be flattened – 75 per cent of which are unoccupied.
Tenants living in the Guild
and Pridmore area in Foleshill are already being consulted about plans
to knock down some house in that area.
Whitefriars Housing Group,
which has taken over running the city's 20,169 former council homes,
said demolition might be the only course of action in some derelict
areas of the city.
Whitefriars’ business plan
allows for the demolition of up 1,200 homes that are run-down or
The group, which took control
of the council houses in September, has pledged to ask all tenants
their opinions before making any moves.
The Whitefriars board, feature
independent members, tenants and councillors will also have to give
Whitefriars North executive
director Alison Hadden said:
"When we took over the
housing stock from Coventry City Council we were aware that a small
proportion of it was either so run-down or unpopular that drastic
action would be required.
"There are some areas,
including Wood End, where residents are calling for action to
eradicate properties that have become eyesores."
Whitefriars officers will give
residents information about their re-housing options and eligibility
for compensation. Discussions will also look at how sites might be
used if the homes are pulled down.
At the same time, residents on
the Guild and Pridmore estate will be involved in in-depth discussions
about demolition and new build proposals.
Whitefriars say the majority
have already agreed the proposals in principle, but want more details
before giving their approval.