Labour housing lead Cllr Dan Sutherland has slammed Calderdale Conservatives for attempting to whitewash their own Government’s failure to deliver on the housing needed to meet local people’s needs.
Cllr Sutherland said, “Once again, the Conservative motion to council shows that they would rather play party politics than stand up for local people. They should be speaking out about the failure of their own Government’s policies to deliver the housing Calderdale needs since 2010.
“And over this period, they have also blocked measures that could help to bring more housing forward. When Labour proposed an investment in new social housing as part of our budget proposals, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats voted it down.
“However, we are pleased that they are now saying they want to see more action taken to drive forward housing proposals. We want to see a lot more schemes to build on those we have already approved, including:-
- Backing plans by Calder Valley Community Land Trust to build six almshouse cottages in Walsden on land transferred from the council in an innovative new scheme;
- Working with Together Housing to deliver a large estate regeneration programme for the Beech Hill area;
- Making sure Together Housing deliver on their commitment to build at least 100 homes a year in Calderdale; and
- The delivery of two extra care schemes in Brighouse and North Halifax which will deliver 100 homes as part of a wider supported housing scheme
“We have also formed a partnership to look at Brownfield land in North Halifax and work with the private sector to start building on those sites as a priority.
“We will be bringing forward further plans to invest in housing, including exploring the possibility of setting up a local housing company to help drive investment, and we hope that this time the Conservatives will not block them as they have sought to do in the past.”