First new council houses in Brighton for 30 years

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The first new council houses in nearly 30 years are to be built in Brighton and Hove.

The Argus understands talks are underway to transform the run-down Ainsworth House in Wellington Road, Brighton, into a multi-storey family complex.

The plans were discussed when officers from Brighton and Hove City Council met tenant representatives to discuss future housing developments.

It is hoped the new plans can help solve the housing crisis in the city, with 11,500 households currently on its social housing waiting list.

The development will be funded after plans to dismantle the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) subsidy, a complex system which redistributes tenants’ money between authorities, were revealed.

Do you support the plans for new council houses? Tell us what you think below.

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4:54pm Thu 29 Jul 10

davyboy says...

yes, as long as they are given to local families who are already on the waiting list. if these are to be family homes, i would expect families to get them, not single people, or couples without kids. whilst i appreciate these people are in need of housing, families who are in cramped temporary accomodation should be housed first, with singles and couples moving into the temporary units. that is not intended as a bias against single people, just a commonsense approach to a serious problem. we often hear of families being squashed into 1-bed flats, with parents sleeping on sofas in the living room. this is the 21st century, and everyone should be entitled to live in a property that is the correct size for their needs!!!!

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tay(seriously)
yes, as long as they are given to local families who are already on the waiting list. if these are to be family homes, i would expect families to get them, not single people, or couples without kids. whilst i appreciate these people are in need of housing, families who are in cramped temporary accomodation should be housed first, with singles and couples moving into the temporary units. that is not intended as a bias against single people, just a commonsense approach to a serious problem. we often hear of families being squashed into 1-bed flats, with parents sleeping on sofas in the living room. this is the 21st century, and everyone should be entitled to live in a property that is the correct size for their needs!!!! sec-word......free-s tay(seriously) davyboy
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5:04pm Thu 29 Jul 10

Whitedot says...

All property in the UK is currently 34% overvalued, so something far more than this needs to happen if we are to solve the crisis of unaffordability that Labour has left us through their policy of an economy based purely on debt and asset overinflation.

Glad prices are starting to drop again.
All property in the UK is currently 34% overvalued, so something far more than this needs to happen if we are to solve the crisis of unaffordability that Labour has left us through their policy of an economy based purely on debt and asset overinflation. Glad prices are starting to drop again. Whitedot
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5:10pm Thu 29 Jul 10

withn says...

don't be daft davy some single people have mental and/or physical disabilities and need proper homes.
don't be daft davy some single people have mental and/or physical disabilities and need proper homes. withn
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5:16pm Thu 29 Jul 10

davyboy says...

withn wrote:
don't be daft davy some single people have mental and/or physical disabilities and need proper homes.
of course they do, but they should already be there. you won't find many of them on waiting lists, as they tend to be high up on the priority ladder anyway. the article says a 'multi-storey FAMILY complex, and that was what i was commenting on.
[quote][p][bold]withn[/bold] wrote: don't be daft davy some single people have mental and/or physical disabilities and need proper homes.[/p][/quote]of course they do, but they should already be there. you won't find many of them on waiting lists, as they tend to be high up on the priority ladder anyway. the article says a 'multi-storey FAMILY complex, and that was what i was commenting on. davyboy
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5:20pm Thu 29 Jul 10

dixie normous says...

it will go to eastern europeans, who are on the social, and we all b-loody well know it.
it will go to eastern europeans, who are on the social, and we all b-loody well know it. dixie normous
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6:43pm Thu 29 Jul 10

A Gold says...

A small move in the right direction. Its only the tip of a massive iceberg Labour had all the time in the world to right Thatchers wrong in selling off council house stocks but didnt.

Those sold off houses are, in many cases now in the hands of multi home owning property speculators who are earning a fortune from the housing benifit system.

I don’t care how many eastern Europeans pitch up here but surely there should be adequate housing for the amount of people the government want to let in, notwithstanding the tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of folk already on housing waiting lists up & down the country.

Does anyone know what happened to that ‘ring fenced’ money raised through the big council house sell off back in the day? That money should be used to provide homes for people to live in. Its out there somewhere.
A small move in the right direction. Its only the tip of a massive iceberg Labour had all the time in the world to right Thatchers wrong in selling off council house stocks but didnt. Those sold off houses are, in many cases now in the hands of multi home owning property speculators who are earning a fortune from the housing benifit system. I don’t care how many eastern Europeans pitch up here but surely there should be adequate housing for the amount of people the government want to let in, notwithstanding the tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of folk already on housing waiting lists up & down the country. Does anyone know what happened to that ‘ring fenced’ money raised through the big council house sell off back in the day? That money should be used to provide homes for people to live in. Its out there somewhere. A Gold
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6:54pm Thu 29 Jul 10

monty sidewinder says...

11,500 people on the waiting list - they may as well close the list now, these people will never be housed
11,500 people on the waiting list - they may as well close the list now, these people will never be housed monty sidewinder
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8:55pm Thu 29 Jul 10

jasper3 says...

no doubt the enrichers will be housed first. whats the betting?
no doubt the enrichers will be housed first. whats the betting? jasper3
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10:07pm Thu 29 Jul 10

Living in the real world says...

What Brighton & Hove needs is another Hangleton not another Whitehawk.

The money wasted in "East Brighton" in the last decade is obscene.
What Brighton & Hove needs is another Hangleton not another Whitehawk. The money wasted in "East Brighton" in the last decade is obscene. Living in the real world
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10:10pm Thu 29 Jul 10

Le Chiffre says...

dixie normous wrote:
it will go to eastern europeans, who are on the social, and we all b-loody well know it.
Daft, idiotic, xenophobic (you'll have to look that up) and racist.
What's wrong with eastern europeans anyway? They aren't frightened of a full days work, unlike 60% of the inhabitants of Whitehawk.
I bet you are on the 'social' yourself.
[quote][p][bold]dixie normous[/bold] wrote: it will go to eastern europeans, who are on the social, and we all b-loody well know it.[/p][/quote]Daft, idiotic, xenophobic (you'll have to look that up) and racist. What's wrong with eastern europeans anyway? They aren't frightened of a full days work, unlike 60% of the inhabitants of Whitehawk. I bet you are on the 'social' yourself. Le Chiffre
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10:51pm Thu 29 Jul 10

dixie normous says...

Le Chiffre wrote:
dixie normous wrote: it will go to eastern europeans, who are on the social, and we all b-loody well know it.
Daft, idiotic, xenophobic (you'll have to look that up) and racist. What's wrong with eastern europeans anyway? They aren't frightened of a full days work, unlike 60% of the inhabitants of Whitehawk. I bet you are on the 'social' yourself.
ah, my dear friend, i do not have to look those marvelous words up. you are quite right they are not afraid of a days work, as long as its cash in hand along with a giro. and for your information i run my own company employing seven people, and they along with myself all pay taxes.
[quote][p][bold]Le Chiffre[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dixie normous[/bold] wrote: it will go to eastern europeans, who are on the social, and we all b-loody well know it.[/p][/quote]Daft, idiotic, xenophobic (you'll have to look that up) and racist. What's wrong with eastern europeans anyway? They aren't frightened of a full days work, unlike 60% of the inhabitants of Whitehawk. I bet you are on the 'social' yourself.[/p][/quote]ah, my dear friend, i do not have to look those marvelous words up. you are quite right they are not afraid of a days work, as long as its cash in hand along with a giro. and for your information i run my own company employing seven people, and they along with myself all pay taxes. dixie normous
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10:52pm Thu 29 Jul 10

jasper3 says...

Le Chiffre wrote:
dixie normous wrote: it will go to eastern europeans, who are on the social, and we all b-loody well know it.
Daft, idiotic, xenophobic (you'll have to look that up) and racist. What's wrong with eastern europeans anyway? They aren't frightened of a full days work, unlike 60% of the inhabitants of Whitehawk. I bet you are on the 'social' yourself.
yeah and they do a good line in sham marriages too.
[quote][p][bold]Le Chiffre[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dixie normous[/bold] wrote: it will go to eastern europeans, who are on the social, and we all b-loody well know it.[/p][/quote]Daft, idiotic, xenophobic (you'll have to look that up) and racist. What's wrong with eastern europeans anyway? They aren't frightened of a full days work, unlike 60% of the inhabitants of Whitehawk. I bet you are on the 'social' yourself.[/p][/quote]yeah and they do a good line in sham marriages too. jasper3
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11:24pm Thu 29 Jul 10

binbag says...

Why is everyone 'entitled' to have a property that suits their need? Perhaps people who can't afford adequate housing should think twice before having children? We are not entitled to anything,Why should the state support people's often selfish desire to have children, when they have no way of financing themselves.
Why is everyone 'entitled' to have a property that suits their need? Perhaps people who can't afford adequate housing should think twice before having children? We are not entitled to anything,Why should the state support people's often selfish desire to have children, when they have no way of financing themselves. binbag
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3:43am Fri 30 Jul 10

Baldseagull says...

davyboy wrote:
yes, as long as they are given to local families who are already on the waiting list. if these are to be family homes, i would expect families to get them, not single people, or couples without kids. whilst i appreciate these people are in need of housing, families who are in cramped temporary accomodation should be housed first, with singles and couples moving into the temporary units. that is not intended as a bias against single people, just a commonsense approach to a serious problem. we often hear of families being squashed into 1-bed flats, with parents sleeping on sofas in the living room. this is the 21st century, and everyone should be entitled to live in a property that is the correct size for their needs!!!!

sec-word......free-s

tay(seriously)
If no accomodation is available for single persons, the silly young girls get themselves knocked up to get housing.
[quote][p][bold]davyboy[/bold] wrote: yes, as long as they are given to local families who are already on the waiting list. if these are to be family homes, i would expect families to get them, not single people, or couples without kids. whilst i appreciate these people are in need of housing, families who are in cramped temporary accomodation should be housed first, with singles and couples moving into the temporary units. that is not intended as a bias against single people, just a commonsense approach to a serious problem. we often hear of families being squashed into 1-bed flats, with parents sleeping on sofas in the living room. this is the 21st century, and everyone should be entitled to live in a property that is the correct size for their needs!!!! sec-word......free-s tay(seriously)[/p][/quote]If no accomodation is available for single persons, the silly young girls get themselves knocked up to get housing. Baldseagull
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6:13am Fri 30 Jul 10

workingmama says...

Maybe if people stopped having children while already in accomodation smaller than their needs then the problem of overcrowding would not exist.
Many tenants despite allready having a child while living in a one bedroom property continue to have more and more and then blame the council/government for their problem.
If your already cramped, why go have 2 or 3 more kids??? Its about time people started taking account of their own lives and situation rather than doing whatever they want and expecting the council and the tax payer to sort their life out.
Maybe if people stopped having children while already in accomodation smaller than their needs then the problem of overcrowding would not exist. Many tenants despite allready having a child while living in a one bedroom property continue to have more and more and then blame the council/government for their problem. If your already cramped, why go have 2 or 3 more kids??? Its about time people started taking account of their own lives and situation rather than doing whatever they want and expecting the council and the tax payer to sort their life out. workingmama
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8:33am Fri 30 Jul 10

TheInsider says...

My friend told me at the weekend that she receives £600 a month in some sort of family credits.
They have two cars, bought their council house for £25,000 and it is now worth £260,000 and go on two foreign holidays a year.
She is better off than my wife and I who work full time, have no kids but have a mortgage on a house we had to pay a proper price for.
How can that be right. How many people posting here are claiming such benefits?
People should not have kids if they cannot pay for them themselves or house them.
My friend told me at the weekend that she receives £600 a month in some sort of family credits. They have two cars, bought their council house for £25,000 and it is now worth £260,000 and go on two foreign holidays a year. She is better off than my wife and I who work full time, have no kids but have a mortgage on a house we had to pay a proper price for. How can that be right. How many people posting here are claiming such benefits? People should not have kids if they cannot pay for them themselves or house them. TheInsider
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