Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Letter to local papers re West Berks Council responsibility for affordable housing scandals

Dear Editor,

It is indeed good news that progress is at last being made on provision of affordable housing at Parkway, Newbury, and Taceham House, Thatcham.

However, this should not deflect from the fact that Conservative-controlled West Berkshire Council must accept blame for the delays.

The Council has taken six years to sell Taceham House to a housing association
since it boarded it up.

A poor legal agreement drawn up when SLI was given planning permission for Parkway meant that SLI were able to sell its private apartments for over two years while the 37 affordable apartments on the site stood empty. It's only sanction was to stop those sales. When the Council belatedly did so, it badly affected innocent buyers of the private apartments.

Meanwhile, over one thousand families in real housing need have been waiting for a home.


Alan Macro
Liberal Democrat Spokesman for Housing and Planning
West Berkshire Council 

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