De­liver new homes for the many, not the few

Coventry Telegraph - - YOUR VIEWS -

WON­DER­FUL news! The West Mid­lands Com­bined Author­ity has pro­posed that 6,000 houses should be built near the ring road (Oct 4).

Hope­fully they will be for the or­di­nary folk of Coven­try who as yet can­not af­ford “af­ford­able” homes and whose only op­tion is to rent.

So far it seems that Coven­try coun­cil­lors are in­tent on cater­ing for stu­dents and the more af­flu­ent in ex­ec­u­tive homes on the green­belt whilst the less for­tu­nate are ig­nored. To be fair to the coun­cil­lors, they are not run­ning the show. They are merely car­ry­ing out the wishes of the Coven­try and War­wick­shire Lo­cal En­ter­prise Part­ner­ship, an or­gan­i­sa­tion I be­lieve is nei­ther demo­cratic or trans­par­ent, and is in­flu­enced by prop­erty de­vel­op­ers.

Won­der­ful news! Both the Con­ser­va­tive and Labour par­ties now recog­nise the need for coun­cil houses. It has been blind­ingly ob­vi­ous for many years that the market can­not de­liver suf­fi­cient or the ap­pro­pri­ate houses for the ma­jor­ity of the Bri­tish peo­ple.

Hous­ing pol­icy has, for many years, been dys­func­tional. There is a des­per­ate need for a re­turn to the post-war pol­icy where pub­lic and pri­vate hous­ing worked to­gether for the com­mon good and it is just pos­si­ble that there is a po­lit­i­cal con­sen­sus to achieve this.

So I urge Labour coun­cil­lors to con­cen­trate on brown­field sites and build houses for the many and not for the few. I would urge them to get in touch with the Labour leader of the Cam­bridge City Coun­cil, Lewis Her­bert, who spoke so con­vinc­ingly about the need for coun­cil hous­ing at a fringe event at Brighton.

Though ex­ec­u­tive houses in the green­belt bring in higher coun­cil taxes, there is con­sid­er­able re­search to show that these de­vel­op­ments have an ad­verse im­pact on ex­ist­ing in­ner city ar­eas of depri­va­tion, as so much in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment pours into the new de­vel­op­ments. At the same time, hous­ing stock for groups, such as young par­ents, dwin­dle. So Labour coun­cil­lors, get your pri­or­i­ties right. As a speaker said at the main Con­fer­ence, it is a priv­i­lege to be a coun­cil­lor, not a life­time en­ti­tle­ment. Archie Taylor Ke­nil­worth

Help Bri­tish firms trade be­yond EU

IT IS now per­fectly clear that the EU has no in­ter­est in pro­vid­ing the UK with a rea­son­able tran­si­tion pe­riod.

Ret­i­cence on the part of the EU ne­go­tia­tors is clearly or­ches­trated by Ger­many and France who are openly vy­ing to take over all ex­ist­ing Bri­tish trad­ing in­ter­est.

Even should we ne­go­ti­ate a huge divorce sum, we can be sure that the terms of­fered by the EU will be un­ac­cept­able.

If the bad faith shown by EU ne­go­tia­tors wasn’t enough, the present dif­fi­cul­ties in Spain with the Cat­alo­ni­ans and in Ire­land with the North­ern Ir­ish bor­der will cre­ate dif­fi­cul­ties for the two EU coun­tries, such that ei­ther would al­most cer­tainly put a spoke in the wheel of progress and fore­stall any rea­son­able chance of com­pro­mise.

The Gov­ern­ment ef­forts in the next 18 months should be di­rected to­wards as­sist­ing and en­abling trad­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions within Great Bri­tain to ex­pand their ac­tiv­i­ties into the world be­yond the EU. Kevin Lynch West­wood Heath

Where have all the de­cent pubs gone?

OH Coven­try, my Coven­try, what have they done to you?

I went into my beloved city last Fri­day for my an­nual eye check, 11am ap­point­ment. Then after into Hinds jew­ellers where my grandaugh­ter works. Came out, went round the market then sat out­side M&S, had lunch – four dough­nuts – had a look round.

Where have all the shops gone? Most are boarded up or pound shops. So big Andy went to look for a de­cent pub to drown his sor­rows. Found a good one in The Burges; the only thing wrong is the lit­tle black flies com­ing off the Sher­bourne that flows un­der­neath.

Any­way, had a good crack, then caught the bus back to Tile Hill – pubs and clubs all gone. The Fletch, New Star, Can­ley Club, Jar­dine Club... Coven­try, what have they done to you? Andy McDon­ald Tile Hill

What about our city’s home­less?

LOVELY to see the beau­ti­ful ac­com­mo­da­tion for stu­dents op­po­site Sains­bury’s.

What about the home­less peo­ple liv­ing nearby on the streets?

They are not all young peo­ple. When you speak to them, you find cir­cum­stances have left them home­less. Surely the coun­cil can find some­where for them? What about all the empty houses? F Wright Foleshill

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