THREE neglected properties which caused a blight on their communities have been made the subject of compulsory purchase orders.
St Helens Council stepped in after receiving a string of complaints about 62 Morris Street, in Peasley Cross, 26 Abberley Close, in the town centre, and 11 Selkirk Drive, in Eccleston.
The Morris Street property had been abandoned by its owner and living conditions were so poor that a prohibition order was issued and the tenants rehoused.
After a compulsory purchase order was made, it was sold to a new owner.
The Abberley Close property had been empty for some time and there had been problems with vandalism and anti-social behaviour.
After painstaking, but ultimately unsuccessful, efforts to contact the owner, a compulsory purchase order was made and the property was sold at auction last month.
The Selkirk Drive home first came to the council’s attention as a result of complaints from neighbours about the its appearance and overgrown gardens.
Following extensive negotiations with the representative of the late owner, a compulsory purchase order was issued in May.
The property is likely to be put up for auction in the next couple of months.
Councillor Andy Bowden, St Helens Council’s cabinet member for urban regeneration and housing, said: “These properties caused serious environmental problems in their neighbourhood. The Council is striving to bring these properties back into use by informal means, but, as a last resort it will apply for Compulsory Purchase Orders.
“Despite fewer resources and the great constrictions of legislation we are committed to tackling these blights on our communities.”