Work is underway to transform a derelict former women’s hostel in Salford into much-needed social housing. Joan Lestor House on Ellesmere Street, Little Hulton, has stood empty for more than five years, becoming a target for anti-social behaviour and vandalism. Housing association Salix Homes bought the site last year and is now converting it into nine modern, one and two bedroom apartments for social housing rent. Salix Homes is working alongside its partner contractor Emanuel Whittaker to completely remodel the building and transform the eyesore site, which has become a blight in the local community. Lee Sugden, chief executive at Salix Homes, said: ‘We are delighted to announce the start of work at Joan Lestor House, which has stood vacant for more than five years. ‘It’s such a shame to see these sorts of buildings left to go to rack and ruin when for a little investment they could be … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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