Cllr Ray Finch MEP says yesterday’s proposals are an “insufficient sticking plaster” for the housing crisis. He described the government’s ‘garden village’ plans as “nothing more than an insufficient sticking plaster for the housing crisis in the UK.”
The Hampshire Euro MP and County Councillor said the plans “will have no other effect than to give developers profits and ruin rural areas.”
“This housing crisis is not breaking news: politicians have known we have to build a city the size of Birmingham every couple of years just to keep up with the demand created by mass migration,” he said.
“What UKIP would propose is a policy of council house building on the many available brown field sites so that local people, many of whom have been rotting on council house lists for over a decade, get a chance of an affordable home of their own in the area in which they were born.
“We also need an overhaul of the practices used by local authorities whereby they can choose who is a priority: a situation which often leaves veterans at the bottom of the list despite their service to this country.”
“Developers and their cronies in the Tory government are cherry picking rural sites for so called “prestige developments” which do nothing for local communities. This country needs affordable housing on accessible sites so that young people have a chance to live a decent life in their own communities.
“We cannot do that while we cannot control migration and while our government is in the pockets of developers.
“We need to build for Britain, not for vested interests”