It is amazing how fast things can move on once bureaucracy is removed. Our village has spent 3 years in the planning and negotiation phase of our latest affordable housing project yet in just a few months the houses themselves are taking shape. These 18 houses will be for local people who are simply priced out of the property market.
My friend Tina has raised 3 children under four in a tiny two up two down council house in the village. They are getting bigger now. She works her socks off every hour the children are in pre-school, she works nights and has even tried to set up her own business from the over-crowded living room. She is always helping others. Her husband also works incredibly hard - but they believe they will never afford their own home. Last year at election time Tina came to me and asked for a Conservative Poster for their doorstep - "Conservatives have always helped people like me" she said. Well I hope that one of these new homes will help her.
I popped down to see them this week with my co-councillor Richard Barrett. The foundations are already laid and the walls go up this week.