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Councillor forced to sell 'house that died of shame' in Lincoln

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: March 14, 2014

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A politician who lives in a south Lincolnshire village is being forced to sell up a ramshackle house he inherited in Lincoln – as he cannot afford to repair it himself.

The City of Lincoln Council is poised to compulsorily purchase the property which will be done up and rented out.

One resident has dubbed 13 Sidney Street, off the city's lower High Street, "the house that died of shame".

The current owner is Phil Dilks, Deeping St James's Lincolnshire County Councillor. He lives more than 40 miles away in Church Street, Deeping St James.

A Sidney Street neighbour says it had stood empty for at least 12 years.

Another resident claimed that at one point someone was squatting in the empty three-bedroom house, while on another occasion, slates fell from the roof and damaged a parked car, and damp entered the property next door.

It has now come to the attention of the local authority and a scheme to bring empty homes back into use.

Cllr Dilks, a Labour Party press officer, said: "The property in Sidney Street was left to me by my late father and it was signed over to me in the past year.

"I would like to see it put back into use. I have no idea how much it will go for. It's in a bit of a state but I don't have the money to put it back into use."

Coun Dilks, previously a contender for Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner, was forced to withdraw from the race in 2012 after it emerged he had broken the law during a "schoolboy prank" involving a stolen crash helmet in 1968, when he was 16.

According to property website Zoopla, houses in Sidney Street, off Bargate, sell for an average of £77,750.

It is unlikely 13 Sidney Street will make anything near that.

Bargate resident Monica Washington, 45, said: "This house makes the whole street look untidy.

"It's a shame it's rotting away because it would make a nice home for a family.

"It would be nice if the council buys 13 Sidney Street for someone to live in.

"The simple fact is; look at all the homeless.

"It would be good to hear kids playing in the street."

The city council is also looking to buy 13 Albany Terrace, off Newark Road.

One resident said she could not recall anyone living there in the 27 years she has lived in the street. The Land Registry lists the owner as Colin James Peters, of 13 Albany Terrace, who the Echo was unable to contact.

Zoopla puts the average value of two-bedroom houses in Albany Terrace at £73,500.

Sarah McLaren, 33, of Maple Street, Bracebridge, said the nearby Albany Terrace property should become a family home.

She said: "I've lived here for 15 years and I've never seen anyone living there.

"It's a shame it's been empty for so long.

"I think it would be a good idea for the council to buy it and rent it out.

"It would make an ideal family home, especially with the park and the schools nearby."

The City of Lincoln Council is involved in the Empty Homes Project which aims to work with owners to bring properties that have stood empty for six months or more back into use.

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  • irrate-reader  |  March 15 2014, 9:13AM

    I used to live at number 15 Albany Terrace for 7 years and that house next door caused no end of headaches. there were kids breaking in, rubbish dumped in the garden, pest problems and there was once I had to call the fire brigade because apparently some kids had broken in, took some old warm cans of lager out of the fridge (bear in mind there was no electric) and went upstairs!! they then set fire to a mattress!! I saw smoke coming out of the open window and dialled 999 while getting my family out as well as warning the family on the other side!! there used to be holes in the roof so bad that when I went into the attic, it looked like broad daylight and let in a lot of rain which caused a lot of damp in the back bedroom!! one day, I saw the owner in the garden and caught hold of him saying that his property was causing mould and damp in ours!! he seemed nice enough about it and got someone out to repair it!! while living there, I saw the owner twice!! that house was an embarrassment and not to mention an eyesore and health hazard!!

  • bluetac  |  March 14 2014, 6:03PM

    The amount of times this artical has said its located at 13 Albany Terrace, you will be lucky if any wiring and copper piping will be left in the place after advertising an empty shell for 15 years... Anyhow my bid £30

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  • Ascerbia  |  March 14 2014, 4:20PM

    £25 for the pair.

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  • Ardaingel  |  March 14 2014, 12:21PM


  • eye_eye  |  March 14 2014, 12:07PM

    is it me just missing the point, what's the news, as they inherited this house so anything that it's sold for will be profit, less expenses and in today's house prices even in a bad state if repair you'll be talking 40k +

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  • cycott_99  |  March 14 2014, 9:28AM

    i will start the bidding @ £5