On Monday night Croydon’s Labour Council shocked everyone by announcing that they will not be building any more Council homes in Croydon.
In response to a direct question from Cllr Lynne Hale at the Budget meeting, 27th February, Labour’s housing lead Cllr Alison Butler confirmed that the Council will completely close down the Council House Building Scheme, reneging on a clear manifesto promise.
On page 10 of Labour’s 2014 ‘Ambitious for Croydon’ manifesto, on which they were elected, they say “We will provide more council homes.” Destroying the Council House Building Scheme is clearly reneging on this promise to the people of Croydon.
Cllr Lynne Hale, Conservative Housing Spokesperson, said: “During the last Conservative administration, Cllr Dudley Mead delivered 105 new homes with a further 41 in progress in May 2014 with over a hundred in the pipeline.
“Having demolished the highly successful Housing Department, it is regrettable that the Council has now completely given up and won’t build anymore much needed homes for the large number of struggling families in the borough.”
Cllr Tim Pollard, Leader of the Conservative Councillors, said: “We need new homes. The now destroyed Housing department was making a very positive contribution to increasing the supply in Croydon, alleviating some of the pressures of the housing crisis in Croydon.
“With Labour completely raising the drawbridge on this, it is a very sad day for Croydon residents, many of whom will have, as a result of Labour’s broken promise, had years added to their waiting time for the basic necessity of a family home. Our residents deserve better than this, they deserve a Council that delivers on its promises and helps those in need. This Council has failed its duty of care to residents.”