Evington’s Abandoned Streets Find Hope – 135 Council Homes Planned for Hospital Close

Evington’s Abandoned Streets Find Hope – 135 Council Homes Planned for Hospital Close

Hospital Close, located in Evington, Leicester, originally constructed for NHS staff, has transformed into a ‘ghost town’ plagued by issues such as fly-tipping and antisocial behavior.

Despite being purchased by Leicester City Council in 2021 for a £17 million redevelopment, locals have expressed dissatisfaction with the perceived neglect and deterioration of the area.

Recently approved proposals aim to bring new life to the abandoned estate, introducing 135 new council homes.

From Abandonment to Redevelopment

Abandoned in 2019 by the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Hospital Close faced challenges due to neglect and outdated infrastructure.

Eviction notices forced hospital staff and health workers to vacate the premises.

Over the years, the estate became synonymous with criminal activities, prompting residents’ concerns.

The Leicester City Council’s purchase in 2021 marked the beginning of a lengthy process to address the issues and revitalize the area.

Residents’ Frustrations and Safety Concerns

Current residents, like Ashley Lewis, express relief at the progress in redevelopment plans but emphasize the prolonged neglect and resultant challenges they have faced.

Complaints about antisocial behavior, fly-tipping, and the transformation of a once-thriving community into a problematic area highlight the urgency of the redevelopment.

Concerns about safety and the impact on residents’ quality of life underscore the need for swift action.

Transformation into a “Warzone” and Community Impact

Residents like Ashley Lewis lament the transformation of a once-thriving NHS community into what is described as a “warzone.”

Drug-related activities, reckless driving, and constant fly-tipping have marred the area’s reputation.

The community, originally a haven for hospital staff, has witnessed a significant decline, affecting the daily lives of those who remain.

Council’s Response and Future Plans

When questioned about the delayed approval of plans, a council spokesperson acknowledged the complexity of the scheme and highlighted preparatory work undertaken.

With planning permission secured, the spokesperson anticipates the appointment of a contractor in the coming weeks, with major redevelopment work expected to commence in the summer.

The council aims to have the first new homes ready for tenants by the end of the year.

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