Harlow Council leader backs a budget to “renew and regenerate”
News / Wed 26th Jan 2022 am31 09:08am
THE LEADER of Harlow Council was in positive mood ahead of a number of vital meetings.
Councillor Russell Perrin has just published his budget proposals for the coming year including a council tax cut for Harlow residents.
But first it has to be recommended by his cabinet and then voted for by the full council.
YH caught up with councillor Perrin to find out a little bit more.
First of all I won't to say, that Garden his sitting in has always been kept nice by volunteers, so there s his first lie. Second , he talks about environment, its in there plans now to put 7 new housing estate s around our river stort, with a 4 lane road going across the river, WHAT!!. your going to ripping lands up left right and center. You want to be seen good by planting tree's, whist failing to tell people the truth of what your really doing. It's in the plans. You could go against this.? But you haven't. There's thousands and thousands of unaffordable housing going up. And yet you still don't understand the concept of how many people waiting for affordable housing, its council property s we need, it's so bad the housing here, that your putting them in private housing, at a cost of benifts paying for it, if you built what people actually need, this would save thousands in benifts. I've heard that 300 affordable housing is going up, against thousands of private buys. I don't believe for one minute that the 300 is right, because there's never any proff of this. You talk the the talk, but show us the proff, you only have to put post up with theses plans. Tell the people how many council houses are going up. Save our stort, if you have compassion for environment.
Kim O’Connor. Cllr Perron has announced the biggest council house building programme for a decade. Labour built NONE! Labour was the party that signed up for the Harlow Gilston Garden Town and the Stort crossing . It was all approved and set on place on their Town Development Plan in December 2020. It is they that set this in stone with 4 other authorities. It is this Conservative administration that has ring fenced the Town Centre so that regeneration can start. Labour left the Town Centre like a war zone. You really need to check your facts.
Jane's, I wasn't talking about town centre, you need to read what I put carefully. No ones saying the town centre doesn't need an upgrade, it's the pits. I'm talking about the needs of future generations. Let them show the proof of hundreds of affordable housing. Not not what we are seeing or hearing. It's very easy to pass the buck from one party to next. The same with the river stort, its been passed so far way , no one wants to talk about it. And they certainly haven't been on our side to save it, because there's been no response to back us. Only one has and that'd Halton. So please read what I've put again. No ones blaming one or other party's, but last one, and this one haven't supported us either. All there doing is passing the buck, they could support it but won't. You have your opinion, I have mine.
A previous comment said "Labour built none" referring to council houses. This is not true and the evidence is a Scrutiny Committee commissioned report by external consultants, which was approved by Cabinet on 25 March 2021. An extract reads: "It is important to recognise that the Regeneration Team, responsible for housing delivery, is a very small team, but despite this they have achieved a number of successes including: The pathfinder resulted in the development of 18 Council properties, the first build for 30 years. The BCA regeneration project was a huge achievement delivered ahead of schedule, resulting in 93 social homes, 73 affordable homes and 35 shared ownership homes. The pipeline programme identifies 875 potential units of accommodation over 14 years Start on site at Bushey Croft is anticipated for the first quarter of 2021 Planning permission achieved for the former Lister House site. In addition, the Housing services team have had success in: Street to Homes Homeless supported accommodation (9 bedsits) Buy back scheme has already earmarked 34 properties for purchase and conversion to social housing." The report presented to Cabinet is on pages 126 to 176, with the reasons for more homes not being built in the section of pages 146 to 155. See the report at: https://moderngov.harlow.gov.uk/documents/g1280/Public%20reports%20pack%2025th-Mar-2021%2019.30%20Cabinet.pdf?T=10