For as long as I can remember, the commercial shop unit at number 2 Malden Road has sat empty and dilapidated.
Empty property like this really brings down an area, making the street look uncared for and attracting anti-social behaviour. It is a massive waste of a precious resource.
Following a number of residents raising this property with me, I have today tracked down the owner from the land registry and have written to him asking about any plans to bring the unit back into use. If there are no plans, I have asked if we can work together on a solution that would benefit the community.
Having battled against a number of empty properties over the last few years, it was great to see Nick Clegg making this problem a key part of the Liberal Democrat general election manifesto. As part of the Lib Dems’ economic recovery plan, a £1.4billion fund will bring a quarter of a million empty properties back into use, creating 50,000 construction jobs in the process. This would be of huge benefit to a
place like Haverstock.
In the meantime, I’ll look forward to hearing back from the owner of number 2 Malden Road.