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7:00am 2nd November 2012

Efforts to bring thousands of empty homes in Cornwall back into use are to be stepped up.

Cornwall Council will offer owners loans to help pay for repairs and rennovations, so properties can be sold.

Officials say there are around four thousand shells across the Duchy.

Juliette Taylor from Boscoppa, St Austell has been struggling to get on the housing ladder. She and her partner have been renting for seven years. She said: "I just feel like we're not going to be able to buy at all. I just feel like we're going to have to rent for years and years, and even if we start saving up we can't save an awful lot because we're paying so much in rent as well. I've sort of given up looking for a bit.

Juliette said she thought bringing empty homes back into use was a step in the right direction. She said: "I think that's a good idea. It's ridiculous if there's empty houses just sitting there when people like me could possibly buy them. I think it helps, I think it's a good start, but I think more needs to be done than just that really, but at least they're trying things."

Officials have admitted bring empty homes back into use alone, will not solve Cornwall housing crisis.

Pirate FM has learnt the number of people on our Homechoice register now stands at 27,000.

Mark Kaczmarek's in charge at County Hall. He said: "We are building houses, but not enough to meet up with demand. We have a government which is still keen on the right to buy being offered to tenants in social housing, which will take more housing out of our housing stock, so what we've got to do actually is look at all the options of how we can bring houses back into use.

"It won't make a huge difference, but the important thing is, everybody out there says we shouldn't have empty homes here in Cornwall, they should be lived in. Some of these houses are subject to probate, some of them are under criminal investigations, but some of them are quite straightforward, so where we can work with people, we will."

An open day for people wanting to find out more about the loans scheme is being held between 10am and 3.30pm on Friday 2nd November at St Austell One Stop Shop on Penwinnick Road.

7:00am 2nd November 2012

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