Parliamentary Candidates Demand Affordable Housing

Bournemouth's two prospective Lib Dem Parliamentary candidates have issued an urgent call for more affordable homes for local families. Bournemouth East parliamentary spokesman, Jon Nicholas, questioned how the council’s building of more and more private apartments on public land served the ordinary people of Bournemouth.

With so many private developments already going ahead in the town centre, Jon questioned why Bournemouth’s Conservative council has failed to include any affordable homes in its own plans for sites like the Winter Gardens and St Peter’s Road. “Building more “high end” apartments on Council land is not in the interests of local families on low to medium incomes or the more than 4000 people on our housing waiting list.” he said.

Bournemouth West spokesman, Phil Dunn, said "We have been pressing this for nearly eighteen months now and it's not good enough for the Tory Council leader, John Beesley, to keep repeatedly claiming credit for the same small housing development which was completed BEFORE we started highlighting the local crisis. Since the completion of houses at Duck Lane there has been nothing to even dent the housing waiting list which is still well over 4000".

“Lib Dem policy is to build more affordable housing for local people and we want to see both national and local goverment start to take this issue seriously.”

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