Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Government unveils Sale of Pre-War Housing

First step for Upper Town renewal

In another major step in its housing policy the Gibraltar Government has today published an advertisement for the sale of vacant pre-war housing.

The move is also part of the project to rejuvenate the Upper Town area announced some years ago. The release for tender involved 14 properties containing around 30 units. The details and location of each property are set out in the advertisement on page 21 and resale controls and other conditions apply.

The Government says that for many decades, the Upper Town, which is a vital part of Gibraltar’s architectural heritage and social history has been allowed to fall into a state of neglect and dilapidation.

“The Government’s Upper Town Urban Renewal Scheme is intended to reverse this and to retrieve and restore the Upper Town as a desirable part of Gibraltar to live in, offering the opportunity of larger, more spacious homes in an urban environment, than is the case in modern flats.

The sale of pre-war houses to homeowners is an important part of that policy,” says the Government release document.

Upper Town Urban renewal proposals include street beautification, creation of green areas / parks, building refurbishment programme, possible construction of two multi-storey car parking and a new road to allow a one-way system in Castle Road / Willis’ Road.

The Government says that there would be an improved bus service to the Upper Town and plans residential and open space redevelopment of the old St Bernard’s hospital site. They also want to remove the prison from the Moorish Castle.


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