Inside ‘ghost’ estate where half the buildings have been reduced to rubble

It was once a sprawling housing estate but to those that are familiar with Preston Road it has changed beyond recognition.

A huge regeneration project aiming to build 1,000 new properties has seen the largely demolished estate in Hull transformed.

Houses that were once homes to families now lie boarded up, covered in graffiti or have been reduced to rubble.

The huge change has seen it earn the label 'ghost estate', however, as Hull Daily Mail reports, there is still plenty of life in the area.

Some whose homes were set to be demolished as part of the redevelopment have been allowed to keep them.

But a view that was once rows of houses now resembles a grassland waiting to be built on.


Katie Robshaw lives with her seven children in one of just two houses which remains occupied within the so-called “demolition zone”.

The 39-year-old is desperate to stay within close proximity of her current home and although building work is constantly going on around her, she has no qualms about staying put until she finds the right house for her and her family.

Katie said: “We’re all right – we don’t mind it. In the winter it’s dark but I like it where we are. I’ve lived here 17 years and if they weren’t pulling this place down I wouldn’t be leaving.

“There are other houses in the area but they’re not council houses so I’m just waiting a little bit longer.

“We quite like it by ourselves and it’s handy because I’ve got two children who go to school round the corner.

"We used to have a few problems with people throwing stones at the windows and we had rats running around but they’ve all now been sorted and other than that we were OK.”

Katie has a three-bed semi-detached house and no neighbours after they moved out as part of the regeneration.

The mum-of-seven is chatty with the workmen and enjoys the isolation but wants to move by next summer.

“People don’t live here anymore,” Katie said. “They’ve pulled everything down and haven’t replaced it and everyone has moved elsewhere.

“It has changed a hell of a lot but I get on with workmen and probably make them nervous because they’re trying to get on with their work.”

One street used to have houses on either side of it but now just a solitary row remains.

Edwin Coombes says his home was supposed to be knocked down before a U-turn allowed them to stay put.

The 51-year-old said: “Before they started knocking them down these houses were coming down and we had to try and find out what was going on.

“They were going to give us the market value plus 10 per cent but then nothing happened and then when they came again they said these ten houses were not coming down.

“We’ve been here 20 years now and it doesn’t bother us having lost the houses around us. It’s really quiet and you don’t get kids climbing on the roofs of empty houses so we quite like it.”

However, other residents down the street are not as happy with their situation.

One elderly man, who did not want to be named, said he feels like has been “left in limbo” with regards to his housing situation.


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