Empty home awards scheme

The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership is scouring Angus for its outstanding empty homes champions to be honoured at this year’s Empty Homes Conference.

There are 23,000 long-term private sector empty homes in Scotland, many of which blight their local area causing safety concerns for communities. The awards are a celebration of the best projects and rising stars across Scotland for their achievements in bringing empty homes back into use.

All local authorities, elected members, community groups and individuals who work with empty homes can apply for the Empty Homes Champion of the Year Award for Outstanding Project or Service, and Empty Homes Champion of the Year Award for Outstanding Individual.

Nominations are also being sought for Best Use of the Media and Best Before and After Photo awards.

Last year’s winners from Perth and Kinross Council were commended for recognising the potential of commercial as well as residential empty properties and worked collaboratively to get many of Perth town centre’s long-term empty properties back into use.

This year’s conference will feature presentations and focused workshops and will be attended by empty homes practitioners, senior council housing officers, elected members, and others with an interest in private sector empty homes work.

The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership is run by Shelter Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government.

Graeme Brown, Shelter Scotland director, said: “This year’s conference will showcase the innovative work happening across Scotland which really makes a difference to communities suffering with empty properties.”

Nominations for individuals, projects and colleagues will close on October 20 and can be made online at https://shelterscotland.wufoo.eu/forms/scottish-empty-homes-champion-of-the-year-awards/ or email emptyhomes@shelter.org.uk

Winners will be announced at the conference on November 27.