Housing Strategy decision deferred

At the Council meeting the Conservative Executive deferred the consideration of a Housing Strategy for a further two months.

The Liberal Democrats believe that it is important for any borough to have a housing strategy – each area has its own issues and residents need to know that the council understands their issues and has a strategy to deal with them.

Phil Challis (Liberal Democrat Councillor for Loddon Ward) said: ‘I was surprised to read that work started on this Housing Strategy before I was even a member of this council.  It has so far taken 28 months to produce – an elephant would have conceived, delivered and have a 6 month old baby in the same time.’

Prue Bray (Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Wokingham Borough Council) said: ‘During the lengthy gestation period of the Housing Strategy, the stock answers from the Conservative leadership regarding any housing issue have been to blame anyone but themselves.  Residents expect leadership and ambition from the council and this has been sadly lacking for some time from the Conservatives with respect to a housing strategy.’

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