Residents who felt “left behind” in an abandoned street will not be getting new homes after the council announced the demolition of the last remaining derelict houses in a west Hull estate.
Twenty nine properties in the Newington and St Andrew’s Renewals Area will be pulled down to mark the end of the demolition process of the Hawthorn Avenue regeneration programme.
This includes houses in Pretoria Street, Ivyleigh Avenue and Springfield Villas as well as Mafeking Grove, Kimberley Avenue and Pretoria Avenue which are all off the now uninhabited Seymour Street.
Out of the six streets, Pretoria Street is the only one which is still occupied by tenants, and earlier this year some residents said they expected to be moved out as part of the redevelopment of the area.
However, Hull Live now understands that the remaining occupied houses in Pretoria Street will remain in place despite tenants expressing fears over their safety in the area.
Leon Armstrong, who lives in one of the few terraced houses left in the street, said in April he “hated” life in the street and was under the impression the houses would be torn down.
He said: “It’s not nice for the kids to see police and the fire brigade down here because kids are setting things on fire.
“Last summer we had druggies down here who caused a few problems and you daren’t leave your front door unlocked.
“We feel like we’ve been left behind and we don’t feel safe here.”
His partner Kimberley Brown said it was “horrible” to look out of her window over barren grassland which has become a hotspot for fly-tipping.
She said: “It’s horrible to look out of the window and see that. We thought they were going to build a park on there but that never happened.
“We’ve had drug dealers next door to us in the past and they came with a gun and that didn’t help me considering I’m quite an anxious person anyway.
“We want to move but just can’t afford it so we’ve got to make do with what we’ve got.”
The plan is to demolish the derelict homes in the area and hand over the land to Keepmoat, which has planning permission to build 241 new properties.
These new homes will include environmentally friendly features to cut fuel bills and reduce pollution, such as energy efficient boilers, cavity, loft and under-floor insulation and low-energy lighting.
Dave Richmond, Hull City Council’s assistant director for neighbourhoods and housing said: “Through the strength of our long established partnership with Keepmoat, we are providing decent, attractively designed homes.
“As well as meeting local demand, the development is breathing new life into the neighbourhood, bringing a vibrancy to the area and supporting local facilities such as schools and shops.”
Gallery: Abandoned Pretoria Street
Mum-of-two Amanda Li is one of few remaining residents living in what is arguably Hull’s most deserted street.
She has lived down Pretoria Street for four years and has no qualms about having to stay put while all the other abandoned houses around here are demolished.
The 31-year-old said: “From what I’ve been told these ones are staying and it’s just the empty ones that are getting knocked down.
“I know we’ve had a lot of trouble down here but we’ve not really been affected by it. I know kids have set fire to some of the derelict houses but apart from that we’ve had no problems.
“We did think initially we were going to be part of the redevelopment but then we found out from one of the neighbours that these houses were going to get left so we had new windows and doors put it to make them look more presentable.
“I’m not really looking forward to the demolition work but when they knocked them down before they didn’t bother us.”
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