Dr Charles West, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Shrewsbury, has warmly welcomed today’s opening of new affordable housing in Sundorne.
Dr West said: “Severnside Housing Association should be congratulated on obtaining funds to delver this development, but the lack of affordable housing in Shrewsbury remains a disgrace. There are up to 8,000 households currently on the Shropshire Council waiting list. These new affordable homes in Sundorne are a good start, but we need to do much more. Shropshire would need 1,585 affordable homes every year to meet the needs of young families and the homeless.
“The Tory-controlled Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council sold its stock of council houses for £65 million, promised an extra five hundred affordable homes and then failed to deliver. Residents have been let down by the old Tory-controlled Borough Council, will a Tory government do any better?
“At the same time, Liberal Democrats in South Shropshire were leading the way in building affordable homes. Not only did they agree planning for more affordable homes than the rest of the county put together they also started the award winning project at Rocks Green in Ludlow: a project that was opposed by the Tories and which later won Sustainable large social housing project of the year.”
Liberal Democrat housing spokesman, Sarah Tether, has set out plans for a £1.4bn empty homes fund to bring a quarter of a million empty homes back into use and create much-needed jobs in the construction industry.”
Dr Charles West said: “It is appalling that housing costs are making the elderly more isolated and keeping families apart.
“Allowing thousands of houses across the country to sit empty is nothing short of a scandal. The cost of bringing these homes back into use is just a fraction of the cost of building, yet the Government is sitting idly by while they fall into disrepair.”
“These plans are a clear example of Liberal Democrat practical policies: creating jobs and providing more family homes.”