Locations of first new council homes since 1989 revealed

Garages in Bulwark Road, Shoebury

Garages in Bulwark Road, Shoebury

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THE first new council houses since the Eighties could soon be built in Southend.

Southend Council’s new coalition administration wants to invest as much as £3million building between 13 and 27 homes on a under-used council garage sites in Shoebury.

If the scheme is successful, as many as 33 more homes could be built on three other sites in Southend, Eastwood and Leigh.

The first scheme would involve land in Ashanti Close, Bulwark Road and Exeter Close, Shoebury, where neighbours often complain of flytipping and antisocial behaviour problems.

David Norman, Labour councillor responsible for housing, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to build new council homes for the first time in decades, and to begin to tackle the urgent need for good-quality, low-cost accommodation in the town.

“While more work needs to be done on looking at long-term options for council housing, we have development funds available to pursue this pilot scheme.

“We are committed to addressing local housing need and this pilot scheme could create between 13 and 27 new council homes, available for local people on the home seekers’ register.”

The initial scheme would cost between £1.5million and £3million depending on how many homes were built, could be finished by November 2015 if neighbours back the plan when they are consulted later this summer.

After that, between 12 and 18 homes could be built on a garage site in Rochford Road, Southend, and land next to Bishop House, in Western Approaches, Eastwood.

A third phase of as many as 15 homes could be built on a garage site in Juniper Road, Leigh.

The proposals are the result of last year’s in-depth, all-party investigation into affordable housing in the borough, led by Mr Norman, who represents Victoria ward. Officials looked at more than 100 small council-owned sites before coming up with those now under consideration.

When the Tories lost control of the council at last month’s elections, Labour councillors insisted a pledge to build more social housing was included as part of the deal struck with Lib Dems and Independent councillors.

A third of the money to build the new homes will be cash the council already still holds from the sale of council houses to tenants.

Another £66,000 will come from developers, penalised for not including their quota of affordable housing in developments, with council funds making up the balance.

The proposals have been welcomed by Mark Flewitt, Tory councillor for St Laurence ward.

He said: “I’m very enthusiastic about the prospect of more council housing.

“I’m pleased work done under the previous Conservative administration is coming to fruition, but we need to be cautious we are building them in the right places and the highways impact has been looked at sensibly.”

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7:12am Thu 26 Jun 14

Alfiee says...

Yes but who is going to get them. Won't be people that will care for them or that live local.As Southend Council kicked thousands off the waiting list because of the new localism act brought in in April last year. I was one of them. If you rent privately your not classed as needing affordable housing. But when I'm due to retire soon that means that SBC will be paying my private landlord. I cannot get my head around it.nobody a SBC cared enough to listen to what I had to say. I don't have any human rights.
Yes but who is going to get them. Won't be people that will care for them or that live local.As Southend Council kicked thousands off the waiting list because of the new localism act brought in in April last year. I was one of them. If you rent privately your not classed as needing affordable housing. But when I'm due to retire soon that means that SBC will be paying my private landlord. I cannot get my head around it.nobody a SBC cared enough to listen to what I had to say. I don't have any human rights. Alfiee
  • Score: 4

7:22am Thu 26 Jun 14

Avocati says...

Excellent use of underused land, therefore classed as brownfield sites. There are plenty more of these sites still to be earmarked.

Well done to Southend Council for doing the right thing where there is a chronic shortage of stock post the great sell off of the 80's which I hope will never to be repeated!
Excellent use of underused land, therefore classed as brownfield sites. There are plenty more of these sites still to be earmarked. Well done to Southend Council for doing the right thing where there is a chronic shortage of stock post the great sell off of the 80's which I hope will never to be repeated! Avocati
  • Score: 15

7:58am Thu 26 Jun 14

pembury53 says...

every little helps, to fit in a bit more of eastern europe...
every little helps, to fit in a bit more of eastern europe... pembury53
  • Score: -5

8:04am Thu 26 Jun 14

Thames Gateway says...

"where neighbours often complain of flytipping and antisocial behaviour problems."

Moral is, don't complain about anything to Council or they'll come down and decided to replace the problem with further housing, whilst getting rid of car-parking options.
I guess 10 years down the line the problems will still be there, but worse due to the extra families in the area, and the lack of car-parking.
"where neighbours often complain of flytipping and antisocial behaviour problems." Moral is, don't complain about anything to Council or they'll come down and decided to replace the problem with further housing, whilst getting rid of car-parking options. I guess 10 years down the line the problems will still be there, but worse due to the extra families in the area, and the lack of car-parking. Thames Gateway
  • Score: -3

8:20am Thu 26 Jun 14

Nelly99 says...

Well you can see the logic of getting rid of garages. I live on an estate with 30 garages and only one is used to house a car. The rest are full of junk. It is a shame they are all in Shoebury though which is already overcrowded. As Alfie said, will they be given to locals or like the ones on then new Bovis estate be given to the overspill from Thurrock? Without wishing to be racist the black population has increased 10 fold in the last two years since that estate was built.
Well you can see the logic of getting rid of garages. I live on an estate with 30 garages and only one is used to house a car. The rest are full of junk. It is a shame they are all in Shoebury though which is already overcrowded. As Alfie said, will they be given to locals or like the ones on then new Bovis estate be given to the overspill from Thurrock? Without wishing to be racist the black population has increased 10 fold in the last two years since that estate was built. Nelly99
  • Score: 7

2:06pm Thu 26 Jun 14

emcee says...

Quote: "A third of the money to build the new homes will be cash the council already still holds from the sale of council houses to tenants."
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There would not be such a shortage of social housing if council houses were not sold off in the first place. Social housing is for those who NEED a home, not for those who want to own a home on the cheap.
I will never ever understand why this country is so pro ownwership. Home ownership has never been a big deal on the continent, especially the countries that have a better economy than the UK, and they seem to do OK.
Quote: "A third of the money to build the new homes will be cash the council already still holds from the sale of council houses to tenants." - There would not be such a shortage of social housing if council houses were not sold off in the first place. Social housing is for those who NEED a home, not for those who want to own a home on the cheap. I will never ever understand why this country is so pro ownwership. Home ownership has never been a big deal on the continent, especially the countries that have a better economy than the UK, and they seem to do OK. emcee
  • Score: 7

4:15pm Thu 26 Jun 14

snuggles66 says...

I think this is a good idea, hopefully they may build some larger houses with 5/6 bedrooms for sone of the larger families out there. This is a good use off space for a change. Not selling to developers to build high rise or old people's homes. Not that I against them but I feel new council homes are needed.
I think this is a good idea, hopefully they may build some larger houses with 5/6 bedrooms for sone of the larger families out there. This is a good use off space for a change. Not selling to developers to build high rise or old people's homes. Not that I against them but I feel new council homes are needed. snuggles66
  • Score: 1

5:41pm Thu 26 Jun 14

pussycats says...

These Garages in the report.... Ashanti Close, Bulwark Road and Exeter Close, Shoebury are not a Garage problem, but a Council Tenancy Problem and has been for years. With regard to Nelly99... the garages in "the estate" you live in .....are not vandalised...or set fire too! Do you have a car in yours?
These Garages in the report.... Ashanti Close, Bulwark Road and Exeter Close, Shoebury are not a Garage problem, but a Council Tenancy Problem and has been for years. With regard to Nelly99... the garages in "the estate" you live in .....are not vandalised...or set fire too! Do you have a car in yours? pussycats
  • Score: -2

5:54pm Thu 26 Jun 14

The Macduffian says...

Very pleased about this, yesterday the Scottish government passed a law to end right to buy, within 2 years, the tories objected by saying it stopped people from getting on the housing ladder, ln fact Mr Cameron has recently reduced the amount of time you have to live in social housing and increased the incentives to buy.

Bring on the revolution oophs meant referendum
Very pleased about this, yesterday the Scottish government passed a law to end right to buy, within 2 years, the tories objected by saying it stopped people from getting on the housing ladder, ln fact Mr Cameron has recently reduced the amount of time you have to live in social housing and increased the incentives to buy. Bring on the revolution oophs meant referendum The Macduffian
  • Score: 5

6:25pm Thu 26 Jun 14

A.I.K. says...

Theyve just spent aload of cash on the ones down Ashanti Close doing them up!!
Theyve just spent aload of cash on the ones down Ashanti Close doing them up!! A.I.K.
  • Score: 2

8:35pm Thu 26 Jun 14

ThisYear says...

pembury53 wrote:
every little helps, to fit in a bit more of eastern europe...
Racist scum.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: every little helps, to fit in a bit more of eastern europe...[/p][/quote]Racist scum. ThisYear
  • Score: 6

9:17am Fri 27 Jun 14

rodgdodge says...

Maybe lowish blocks of bed-sits and one bedroom flats, should be considered. Some where for all the younger people to live!
Parking under the blocks ( as on Woodgrange ( Kursaal) estate ) as well !
Maybe lowish blocks of bed-sits and one bedroom flats, should be considered. Some where for all the younger people to live! Parking under the blocks ( as on Woodgrange ( Kursaal) estate ) as well ! rodgdodge
  • Score: 2

10:14am Fri 27 Jun 14

BinDipper says...

ThisYear wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
every little helps, to fit in a bit more of eastern europe...
Racist scum.
how is that racist?
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: every little helps, to fit in a bit more of eastern europe...[/p][/quote]Racist scum.[/p][/quote]how is that racist? BinDipper
  • Score: 0

10:38am Fri 27 Jun 14

pembury53 says...

BinDipper wrote:
ThisYear wrote:
pembury53 wrote: every little helps, to fit in a bit more of eastern europe...
Racist scum.
how is that racist?
he probably has no idea, it's just the defacto response from anyone confronted with facts that contradict their blinkered world view.... slowly but surely though, they'll change their tune, as this country goes down the pan...
[quote][p][bold]BinDipper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: every little helps, to fit in a bit more of eastern europe...[/p][/quote]Racist scum.[/p][/quote]how is that racist?[/p][/quote]he probably has no idea, it's just the defacto response from anyone confronted with facts that contradict their blinkered world view.... slowly but surely though, they'll change their tune, as this country goes down the pan... pembury53
  • Score: 1

12:56pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Nelly99 says...

pussycats wrote:
These Garages in the report.... Ashanti Close, Bulwark Road and Exeter Close, Shoebury are not a Garage problem, but a Council Tenancy Problem and has been for years. With regard to Nelly99... the garages in "the estate" you live in .....are not vandalised...or set fire too! Do you have a car in yours?
No but then I don't have a car!
[quote][p][bold]pussycats[/bold] wrote: These Garages in the report.... Ashanti Close, Bulwark Road and Exeter Close, Shoebury are not a Garage problem, but a Council Tenancy Problem and has been for years. With regard to Nelly99... the garages in "the estate" you live in .....are not vandalised...or set fire too! Do you have a car in yours?[/p][/quote]No but then I don't have a car! Nelly99
  • Score: 0

8:22pm Tue 1 Jul 14

khards says...

emcee wrote:
Quote: "A third of the money to build the new homes will be cash the council already still holds from the sale of council houses to tenants."
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There would not be such a shortage of social housing if council houses were not sold off in the first place. Social housing is for those who NEED a home, not for those who want to own a home on the cheap.
I will never ever understand why this country is so pro ownwership. Home ownership has never been a big deal on the continent, especially the countries that have a better economy than the UK, and they seem to do OK.
Insecure short term tenancies in the UK force people into buying for their security.
Try bringing up a young family when your are forced to move at two months notice because your landlord decides he wants to play monopoly with your home.
If tenancies were reformed so people who are paying their rent and behaving cannot be kicked out under any circumstances, you would find that people would no longer want to buy a secure home.
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: Quote: "A third of the money to build the new homes will be cash the council already still holds from the sale of council houses to tenants." - There would not be such a shortage of social housing if council houses were not sold off in the first place. Social housing is for those who NEED a home, not for those who want to own a home on the cheap. I will never ever understand why this country is so pro ownwership. Home ownership has never been a big deal on the continent, especially the countries that have a better economy than the UK, and they seem to do OK.[/p][/quote]Insecure short term tenancies in the UK force people into buying for their security. Try bringing up a young family when your are forced to move at two months notice because your landlord decides he wants to play monopoly with your home. If tenancies were reformed so people who are paying their rent and behaving cannot be kicked out under any circumstances, you would find that people would no longer want to buy a secure home. khards
  • Score: 1

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