Council-owned house in ‘outstanding’ Bury St Edmunds street is sold for £249,999

Cllr Pat Warby outside the house in Well St which has been sold
Cllr Pat Warby outside the house in Well St which has been sold

Residents in a nationally acclaimed Bury St Edmunds street have spoken of their delight after council bosses sold a property that has stood empty for more than a year.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council raked in £249,999 through the sale of the terraced property, in Well Street, which it owned since the 1990s and was used to accommodate homeless families.

The Georgian townhouse had been vacant for 18 months with residents concerned about the impact on the neighbourhood - named in The Times newspaper’s top 10 ‘outstanding streets’ in the UK.

Welcoming the sale, Annie Page, secretary of the Growing Well group which placed window boxes and curtains at the front of the property, said: “When you know there are lots of people struggling to find somewhere to live, seeing an empty house is heartbreaking.”

Cllr Pat Warby, who worked with the authority to resolve the issue, said she was pleased with the outcome and would like to see other privately owned empty and run down properties in the town put back into use.

A council spokesman said the money from the sale will go into its general capital programme pot.