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CONCERN OVER SOCIAL HOUSING SELLOFF

December 12, 2017 10:48 AM

Councillors in the West of the County have expressed concern about the numbers of social housing being sold off by South Shropshire Housing Association* in their very

rural Nigel Cluncommunities.

Shropshire Councillor for Clun, Nigel Hartin, said: " I am really concerned about recent developments. I have been told that the Association is going to sell off a row of houses between Betws y Crwyn and

Anchor and are also selling off St Catherine's flats in Clun.

"The issue here is twofold. First, we are desperately short of affordable housing for young families in rural areas. We need many more such properties not less. Second, we do don't see the housing

association re-investing the money obtained by these sales in our communities. In Worthen, for example, 8 properties were demolished in Old Mill Close and the land sold to developers. Despite promises, none of the profits have been re-invested in the community in the form of new homes."

Bishops Castle Councillor, Jonny Keeley, has also expressed disappointment that South Shropshire Housing Association has put up for sale 3 semi-derelict properties in Lydham. Jonny said: "We have just had four new affordable homes built by the Soth Shropshire Housing Association in Lydham. Whilst this was good, the sale of these three properties left us with a net gain of just one. In an area with a crying need for affordable homes it would have been much better to repair these."

Nigel concluded: "Our concern is that, to cut costs, the Association is running down its stock in rural areas. Given the plight of so many families in our area, this is unacceptable. We are currently arranging an urgent meeting with Paul Sutton of the Housing association to address this issue."