Gainsborough: Empty houses renovated

The new Guildhall at Marshalls Yard.
The new Guildhall at Marshalls Yard.

A house in Gainsborough that had been empty for more than six months has been given a new lease of life thanks to government funding.

The property on Asquith Street has been given a facelift and the council is now looking for a new tenant to move in before Christmas.

It has had a new bathroom suite, new boiler, new carpets and decoration throughout plus the kitchen has been improved.

This is the first property to have the work completed as part of a new government funded initiative.

 The work is part of a project carried out by Groundwork Lincolnshire working with West Lindsey District Council that is backed by the Homes and Communities Agency Empty Properties funding.

 Groundwork lead officer Vicky Dunn said that it felt ‘really good’ to get the first property completed, especially with Christmas just round the corner.

“This is the first of 18 houses that we have the money for,” she said.

“It feels really good to be able to bring empty houses back into use and get some tenants in.”

“There are many families on the housing list for three bedroom properties so we hope to be able to get a family to move in before Christmas.”

“This would make the house an early Christmas present for them,” Vicky added.

 Project officer Chris Belshaw said that the team were eager to get started on improving on the next batch of homes.

“We have another five houses on the books, and we are really keen to get the work started on them,” he said.

“We promise to get the work done in two months and we can also offer advice on how energy efficiency can be improved on the properties,” he added.

 If you want to apply for social housing in West Lindsey you will need to register an initial contact with Lincs Homefinder.

You can do this by going to the scheme’s website at or by contacting the Home Choices team by calling 01427 676676. 

If you are a landlord and are interested in joining this scheme, then to be eligible your property must have been sitting empty for at least six months.

 Groundwork leases the property and improves it with grant-funded works to make it attractive to tenants.

These works will bring the property up to the Decent Homes standard.

 West Lindsey District Council will then find a tenant from its housing register and Groundwork will then manage the property.

 For further details about the scheme contact the empty homes officer at West Lindsey District Council by calling 01427 675187 or call Vicky Dunn at Groundwork on 0845 0267971.