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Liberal Democrats propose major investment in affordable housing for North Norfolk
Liberal Democrats at North Norfolk District Council will maintain their commitment to affordable housing when they present their budget statement at Full Council on February 27th.
Liberal Democrat councillors will argue that with £25 million under investment last year the Council could well afford to unlock some of its capital, lending money to a local housing association in order to build more affordable homes for the residents of the District. So far this year the Conservative run Council has built only 16 affordable homes.
North Walsham councillor, Eric Seward said,
"People have a right to secure and decent housing. Even in this difficult financial climate the fall in the number of affordable homes built in the District is deplorable."
Councillor Virginia Gay said that enquiries to the Housing Minister, Mark Prisk, have confirmed that loans of this kind are permissible. Councillor Gay commented,
"Local authorities can lend to housing associations for building. Our proposal has the potential to create more affordable homes while at the same time bringing a financial return to support the Council's services".
In keeping with their opposition to last year's increases in car parking charges across the District, Liberal Democrats will also be calling for a comprehensive review of the District's car parking provision and charges.
Brian Hannah, Liberal Democrat councillor for Sheringham North, said:
"I am backing the Sheringham Chamber of Trade's campaign for better parking arrangements. It's time the District took a long look at its parking policy and charging structure."
Liberal Democrat councillors will also call for the scrapping of a proposal to grant £105,000 in the next three years to a new Destination Management Organisation for Tourism.