Housing Crisis in Brighton Hill

Housing Crisis in Brighton Hill

“Housing Hunger Games”

Our local Conservative MP dismisses claims that there is a housing crisis as “outrageous”.

In a front-page article of the Gazette she claims that Basingstoke “has built more homes than any other area in the past two decades”.

Yet the National Housing Federation that says that in Basingstoke the shortfall in housing between 2012 and 2016 was 2343 homes, the second highest in Hampshire.

This shortfall in housing contributes to house prices skyrocketing and the average house is now over £326,000, ten times more than the areas ‘average’ salary.

This coupled with eye wateringly high rents makes the picture very grim indeed for our local young people wanting to have a place to call their own. Typically 40% of income goes on rent alone, making it impossible to save for a deposit.

The Councils performance in respect of social and affordable housing is nothing to be proud of either as they constantly fail to meet their own targets in building affordable housing.

Just recently a Brighton Hill resident was telling me how one of their children had been on the waiting list nearly a decade and were still unable to secure a home.

Even once accepted onto the housing register its necessary to “bid” against other people for available properties.  It’s possible to be competing with more than 170 people for the same property in Brighton Hill.

I want to see an end to this situation which resembles a “Housing Hunger Games” and ensure that as a town we provide good quality and affordable homes for all our residents.

Last year the Tory council decided to increase its property investments by 30 million pounds. It will fund these property acquisitions from our council tax and by making cuts to services.

I want to make sure that any property investment is in reasonably priced housing for local people– not business premises for commercial rental.

Vote for me on 3 May and I promise I will work hard to tackle the housing crisis in Basingstoke.
THE HOUSING FACTS

How many houses does the council say it will build each year?

13,000

What was the number of affordable houses the council said it would build?

300

How many were actually built?

135

What’s the Basingstoke average house price

£326,000

What’s the average deposit a first-time buyer needs?

10-20% of purchase price

What’s the average monthly private rental for a 3 bed house

£1000 per month

How much is a 20% deposit for an averaged price house?

£65,000

What’s your assessment of the housing prospects of young people?

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Brighton Hill Residents Survey

An important part of a local councillors’ role is making sure the views of all residents are both heard and acted upon when the Council makes policy decisions.
One way we can collect your views is by asking you directly and we will be doing this by coming and talking to you directly in Brighton Hill.
Understanding what is important to you and how you would like to see the future develop for Brighton Hill is very important to us, so we hope you will set aside a few minutes to complete the survey and talk to us when we are knocking on doors. It won’t take any longer than making a cup of tea.

As well as by using the form we will post through the letterbox you can complete the survey below.

Thank you Brighton Hill Asda

Thank you Brighton Hill Asda

Let’s give Asda Brighton Hill a big hand for getting it right.

For some time, Labour Councillors have received many complaints about the dumping of trolleys creating an eyesore in our local community.

During Sunday’s Brighton hill community litter pick we happened to spot the arrival of brand new trolleys with magnetic locking wheels that won’t let the trolley be taken off site. I couldn’t resist taking a picture when I was shopping today.

As soon as the trolley gets to the pre-set boundary the locking wheel leaps into action preventing it from being moved any further.

With luck dumped trolleys will be a thing of the past.

Thanks Brighton Hill Asda, for helping to make our community a better place to live.

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