Council purchase of property for homeless condemned as pedestrian

swale officesThe Tory controlled Cabinet on Wednesday night agreed to purchase a property in Sheerness to help deal with homelessness but it was condemned by Labour Councillor Ghlin Whelan as ” pedestrian and inadequate”

Councillor Whelan.( Lab Chalkwell) says ” We are now getting somewhere near to what we on the Labour side called for 3 years ago. The Council say they are saving money on the purchase of these isolated properties, so what exactly is holding them back? The number of families seeking local temporary accommodation has shot up to 73 and all that are being catered for locally by the Council is in single figures. It is so important that these things are serviced locally. The damage done by sending people away from Swale is considerable.”

The provision was also criticised by Independent Councillor Mike Henderson, who called for a property purchase in Faversham.

By providing properties the Council is saving on costs for this budget and that is why Opposition politicians find the pedestrian progress so frustrating.

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