Council’s pledges more work to cut empty homes

Nearly half of the empty Derbyshire homes brought back into use last year were in Amber Valley, figures show.

Between October 2011 and October 2012, 136 vacant properties within the borough were made habitable again.

That meant Amber Valley Borough Council received a £883,524 New Homes bonus from the Government.

Seventy new affordable homes were found during the year to help the 2,970 families on the housing register

Councillor Norman Bull pledged: “The bonus will be used to fund further work.”