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Vandalised flats set to be sold off; HALL GREEN: Residents hope sale will lead to site's redevelopment.

Byline: By Anna Jeys

AN eyesore block of empty flats that has been causing problems for surrounding families looks set to be sold off.

Residents living near the flats in Creswell Road, Hall Green, today welcomed the news and hope the sale will lead to the site's redevelopment.

All residents have now been moved out of the flats, but the empty building has been dubbed an "eyesore" by locals.

The building, which has been empty for the last three months, has become a target for vandals and gangs of youths.

Bob Harvey, who lives in Peters-field Road, said the decision to sell was welcomed.

"The disposal of this block cannot come too soon," he said.

"Local residents have had to put up with this eyesore for far too long already.

"There is a lot of anti-social behaviour there. Gangs of kids gather and there has also been some vandalism.

"It would be best to demolish it or refurbish it."

Coun John Lines, cabinet member for housing at Birmingham City Council, said: "All of the residents have been rehoused from this block by the city council. I have asked for a report to be presented to me for a formal decision to be made and endorsed by the council.

"I am advised that the ward councillors have indicated support for the disposal of this block to the private sector for refurbishment or redevelopment and this seems a sensible option.

"Residents can expect the decision in the next few weeks."

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WELCOME MOVE... Local resident Bob Harvey outside the Creswell Road flats, which are due to be sold off.
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