STATE HOUSING NEEDS
It is almost unbelievable that state housing pulled down nine years ago in Palmerston North has not yet been replaced.
Admittedly it is a complex problem when renovation or insulation is required and the state of repair after 50 to 80 years is considered. What seems to have been arrived at is actually an opportunity to place a higher volume of houses or units on the available land.
But nine years and so little progress? Why is this land still vacant?
Palmerston North needs a high volume of available housing due, for various reasons, it’s burgeoning population. How many more young people could have been trained for the building industry in that nine years?
Iain Lees-Galloway says there are ‘too few state houses’ here, and ‘too few private rentals’. One could also say that the removal of the 100-plus state houses has itself caused great pressure on the private rental market.
It looks to me like housing is being used as an economic tool, rather in the manner that interest rates, exchange rates and unemployment are so used.
MJ Walton, Palmerston North