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Commitment to Affordable Homes Blocked at Essex County Council

July 11, 2018 6:00 PM
Originally published by Chelmsford Liberal Democrats

HousebuildingA proposal to commit Essex County Council to delivering genuinely affordable homes across the county was blocked yesterday by the Conservative majority. The Opposition Liberal Democrats had proposed that when the council's own land is up for sale, it should be used to deliver affordable housing and specialist housing for those with additional needs.

Proposing the motion, Lib Dem Stephen Robinson (Chelmsford North) highlighted the fact that thousands of people on average incomes in Essex cannot afford to rent or buy the home they need.

Cllr Robinson said, "Essex has a housing crisis. Not enough homes - to rent or buy - have been built for 30 years. This is a clear example of the market failing to provide what is needed, so government locally and nationally need to act. Vague aims are not enough."

Summing up on the motion, Lib Dem Leader Mike Mackrory (Chelmsford Springfield), attacked the Conservatives for - yet again - not caring about the troubles faced by young people and others on lower incomes to get a home.

Cllr Mackrory said, "The Conservative alternative plan removes any real actions. You cannot build houses with warm words. It is also essential that the council commit to delivering homes that are suitable for a whole lifetime, including when people become more frail."