Last families living on ‘abandoned’ road with rows of empty homes

FAMILIES living in the rubble of a former bustling street say they feel like they have been abandoned and are desperate to move out of the depressing ghost town.

Despite thousands of new homes being built just down the road, the remaining residents in Pretoria Street, Hull, say they have been “forgotten about”.

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One resident, who is living next to a drug den said they saw one brandishing a gun – making them fearful to leave their home[/caption]

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Over the years, the street has dwindled to just a row of eight houses that look out over the baron wasteland[/caption]

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Leon Armstrong, 25, his partner Kimberley Brown and their three children have lived on the street for four years and have seen the houses around them torn down[/caption]

The derelict homes that still stand are being set on fire by yobs or being used as drug houses – leaving residents terrified to leave their homes.

One resident, who is living next to a drug den said they saw one brandishing a gun – making them fearful to leave their home.

Over the years, the street has dwindled to just a row of eight houses that look out over the baron wasteland.

Leon Armstrong, 25, his partner Kimberley Brown and their three children have lived on the street for four years and have seen the houses around them torn down.

We feel like we’ve been left behind and we don’t feel safe here.

Leon, a resident on the street

The family thought that they would be moved out and placed somewhere else as part of the regeneration, but they are still waiting for that to become a reality.

Kimberley told Hull Live: “I hate it but I can’t afford to move out.

“We feel like we’ve been left behind and we don’t feel safe here.”

LIVING IN FEAR

The area of grassland they overlook has become a dumping ground, with abandoned sofas, trolleys, kids’ toys and is marked by patches of burnt grass from fires.

Tina Scholey, 47, has lived in “Hull’s most deserted street” and despite the lack of community spirit and the general appearance of the place, she insists that home is where the heart is.

She has lived in the house her whole life and says that she’s never wanted to leave because it’s all her children have ever known.

But she does agree that the area needs sorting out, saying that the field outside her home has become a dumping ground for fly-tippers.

She said: “People bring their horses on it and it is just a mess. People have bonfires and there is concerns about food waste because we don’t want vermin coming into our homes.”

The plan for the Hawthorn Avenue area was to knock down all the houses and rebuild them as part of the Gateway regeneration scheme.

However, it has not been that straightforward, with the scheme abruptly halted following the creation of a new coalition government in 2010.

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The area of grassland they overlook has become a dumping ground, with abandoned sofas, trolleys and kids’ toys[/caption]

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The derelict homes that still stand are being set on fire by yobs or being used as drug houses[/caption]

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Despite most the houses being boarded up, yobs have found their way into the buildings and are setting fire to them[/caption]

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Residents complain that their area is being used as a dumping ground and that they have been forgotten about[/caption]

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New homes are being built nearby but those living on the street feel that they are not cared about[/caption]


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