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Joy as Barkerend eyesore house sold at auction
A derelict house that has been a blight on a community for years has been sold at auction, much to the delight of its neighbours.
The property, 125 Fitzroy Road in Barkerend, Bradford, was one of several local properties sold by Pugh auctioneers at an event at Leeds United’s Elland Road Stadium.
Several of these properties belonged to Bradford Council, which made almost £500,000 from the auction.
Other properties to go under the hammer included an empty Council-run care home and office buildings in Manningham.
The Fitzroy Road property is part of a row of terraced houses vacated almost five years ago, and since then has been a magnet for anti-social behaviour.
Residents had reported youngsters gathering at the house for parties, and the property was used by fly tippers.
Local councillor Mohammed Shafiq had been approached by families concerned that the empty house was “an accident waiting to happen”.
It is believed to have been sold for around £55,000, although Pugh has not confirmed any of the successful bids.
Coun Shafiq said: “Myself and residents have been pushing for the Council to try and get this house back into use, given it has been empty for so long.
“The community is delighted with the news that someone has purchased the house. It will make life easier for them.
“It has been used for all sorts of illegal activities in the past. I would encourage the new owner to get the property back into use sooner rather than later.”
Abdul Razaq, who has family living on the road, said: “It has been derelict for four or five years, so I am happy if someone has bought it. But it has been sold before, so I don’t want the same old story to be repeated. It needs to be brought back into use – the Council has to keep watch on it to make sure it is.”
Another nearby property that sold at the auction was an empty five-bedroom care home in Killinghall Road.
Coun Shafiq said: “It is in a nice area but it is just derelict, so I hope the owners bring it back into use, whatever their plans are.”
Other Council-owned properties sold were 243 Manningham Lane, a mid-terrace office building, and the former One Stop Shop on Main Street in Bingley. The Council has not revealed how much each individual property sold for.
Belinda Gaynor, Bradford Council’s operational estate manager, said: “Bradford Council will receive almost half a million pounds from the sale of three surplus properties. The money raised will be used to underpin the Council’s delivery of services to residents.”
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