Today Debbie went out with Neil Carmichael, Conservative MP for Stroud to look at sites for new social housing in Cam. Debbie as Cabinet Member for Housing started the new Council House Building programme in 2009 with developments in Minchinhampton, Stroud and The Stanleys. Since then Government changes to way Council Housing is financed has meant that the Council can increase the number of houses it builds. Debbie as a member of the Housing Committee has been a strong supporter of new housing for local people which is why she and other Conservative Councillors are promoting a local lettings policy. Neil was excited about the prospect of additional housing for local people who need it and was pleased that Conservative Government policy was able to promote it.
"It has been really encouraging the number of people who have been coming out in really horrid weather to attend these meetings" said Debbie. "The Parish Clerk, Christine and the Assistant Clerk Jackie have done an admirable job in arranging these meeting and providing refreshments " she continued
Debbie said " This is a great opportunity for parishioners to have their say about development, rather than predatory developers imposing on the parish"
Debbie is pictured here with her team, who developed George Pearce Mansions, a luxury older persons development which would certainly exceed the available budget. Back to reality and what could be achieved we decided that local schemes could raise money for a minibus and that it would it would be great if the council could buy mobility scooters for local residents to rent
Debbie attended a meeting today to discuss the agenda for the first meeting on the 6th November at Chalford Village Hall which she will chair. All are welcome to the meeting starting at 7pm
Debbie said "I am very supportive of building more council housing, but will continue to question whether each proposal is value for money to tenants. Since self financing it is great that we now have the money to build properties but they need to be the right ones in the right places"
Debbie met with George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer last night.
She asked him whether he would consider increasing the debt cap of retained stock authorities such as Stroud.
This would allow more council houses to be built whilst continuing to improve the economy through construction. She was told that it was quite a technical question but would look at Stroud as an exception