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New flats are first new council homes for 30 years
6:00pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
TENDRING has bought its first new council homes for more than 30 years.
The district council has now purchased a block of six flats in Victoria Road, Walton, which are thought to have cost £525,000.
The move is part of Tendring Council’s plans to increase its housing stock to provide local homes for local people.
They are the first new council homes in Tendring since 1982.
Paul Honeywood, cabinet Member for housing, said he is delighted that the council has now gone ahead and completed the purchase of Victoria Court.
“We have made a promise to provide local homes for local people and this is just the start of that process,” he said.
“We now have the cash set aside and are in a totally new situation which means that we can either buy up or build.
“This has all come about due to changes in council housing financing and gives us a new opportunity which also fits in with our new housing allocations policy.”
Council leader Peter Halliday said it would be unexpected by many for a Tory administration to build the district’s first council homes in 30 years.
In the 1980s, it was Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative Government’s Right to Buy scheme that saw council homes sold off.
Opposition Labour councillor Ivan Henderson welcomed the move, but also called for more affordable housing and more social housing in the district.