Derelict Sites (Bishop Auckland)

Oral Answers to Questions — Housing and Local Government – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd February 1970.

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Photo of Mr James Boyden Mr James Boyden , Bishop Auckland 12:00 am, 3rd February 1970

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government how many derelict sites were planted or reclaimed in the Bishop Auckland constituency during 1968 and 1969; and at what cost.

Photo of Mr Arthur Skeffington Mr Arthur Skeffington , Hayes and Harlington

A site was reclaimed with grant aid in 1968 and another in 1969, costing £4,023 and £8,441 respectively. Approvals allowing work to start have been given for three other sites at a total estimated cost of £20,000. Two further schemes have received outline approval.

Photo of Mr James Boyden Mr James Boyden , Bishop Auckland

While that answer is satisfactory as far as it goes, may I press my hon. Friend to do everything possible in his Department to accelerate this process, especially in villages, where derelict land has a very bad effect on the general house improvement programme?

Photo of Mr Arthur Skeffington Mr Arthur Skeffington , Hayes and Harlington

I assure my hon. Friend that we are anxious to help. He will be pleased to know that more money than ever before has been allocated for this purpose in nearly all the areas of the North-East, where the grant is 85 per cent. About 50 more acres have been cleared, without grant. My Department will be glad to help in any way it can.