The scale of the empty homes issue in Essex

Table 615 All vacant dwellings1 by local authority district, England, from 2004

Here are the number of vacant dwellings (long-term empty) for each local authority in Essex :-

Local Authority Name 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Southend-on-Sea 2,510 2,711 2,772 2,515 2,524 2,566 2,483 2,747 2676 2376 2277
Tendring 2,328 2,579 2,842 2,838 2,972 2,720 2,461 2,419 2560 2338 2202
Colchester 1,824 1,911 1,936 1,958 2,261 2,034 1,888 2,024 1910 1869 1737
Braintree 1,714 1,724 1,842 1,850 1,901 1,947 1,821 1,711 1652 1549 1601
Thurrock 1,411 1,856 1,993 1,903 1,799 1,875 1,732 1,710 1805 1616 1497
Basildon 1,450 1,617 1,695 1,526 1,594 1,784 1,521 1,544 1795 1738 1443
Epping Forest 1,775 1,837 1,704 1,445 1,500 1,501 1,575 1,626 1562 1476 1391
Chelmsford 1,274 1,489 1,551 1,703 1,706 1,674 1,623 1,455 1555 1372 1302
Castle Point 664 712 811 862 877 916 906 1,031 1034 950 799
Uttlesford 898 1,013 869 885 910 964 888 844 880 826 741
Maldon 561 711 743 762 780 692 687 675 633 636 654
Rochford 804 812 976 967 999 987 964 902 863 881 629
Brentwood 622 662 764 688 712 753 787 739 760 603 589
Harlow 627 632 598 561 595 544 579 687 684 563 478

Southend-on-Sea has led the list in Essex for seven of the last eleven years, being second in the other four.

The local authorities are neither equal in size, nor exactly like each other, but it does show that there are considerable numbers of potential homes lying empty, and this is quite shameful really.

If you take into account the size of each authority, and use this to show the number of inhabitants per each empty home then Southend-on-Sea is a mere second in this rather ignominious list.

Local Authority Name Population Population per empty dwelling
Tendring 139,916 64
Southend-on-Sea 177,931 78
Epping Forest 128,777 93
Braintree 149,985 94
Maldon 62,767 96
Colchester 180,420 104
Thurrock 163,270 109
Castle Point 89,200 112
Uttlesford 84,042 113
Basildon 180,521 125
Brentwood 75,645 128
Chelmsford 171,633 132
Rochford 84,776 135
Harlow 84,564 177

The total number of long-term empty properties in Essex last year was 17,340. Just when are the Government going to do something about this?

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