Speaking Out - Wes Streeting on housing in Redbridge

Wes Streeting is the deputy leader of Redbridge's Labour council.

Wes Streeting is the deputy leader of Redbridge's Labour council.

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Wes Streeting is the deputy leader of Redbridge's Labour council and last week moved to Horns Road in Barkingside.

He is speaking out about the state of housing in the borough and what needs to be done to improve it.

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8:49am Sat 16 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

Under Labour it will only get worse no doubt and inefficiency will rule.

The exclusion of the public from their private meetings will enable them to rubber stamp anything they want at any price.
Under Labour it will only get worse no doubt and inefficiency will rule. The exclusion of the public from their private meetings will enable them to rubber stamp anything they want at any price. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 5

11:48am Sat 16 Aug 14

D M says...

Very interesting,Wes.

When Labour was in power,they did very little,regarding housing.

Lee Scott MP. Good luck, next May,in the General Election.

I am confident Redbridge Council will be Socialist,only for these next 3-4 years.

Voters are already regretting voting for UKIP and one of the Independents,which meant a Socialist Council was returned.
Very interesting,Wes. When Labour was in power,they did very little,regarding housing. Lee Scott MP. Good luck, next May,in the General Election. I am confident Redbridge Council will be Socialist,only for these next 3-4 years. Voters are already regretting voting for UKIP and one of the Independents,which meant a Socialist Council was returned. D M
  • Score: 4

5:47pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Cllr Gwyneth Deakins says...

It's welcome that the Labour Party and Cllr Streeting in particular have discovered housing as an issue, as they were generally silent on the matter when in Opposition in the last four years. As a result of not taking much interest in housing I genuinely doubt whether they have either the background knowledge or the drive and determination to make much difference in Redbridge. Some bold and imaginative decisions need to be taken about the financial arrangements necessary to unleash the development potential of sites in the Borough. It's not just about planning and NIMBYs. And I see no reason why a future Labour Govt should build any more houses than the last one did - they actually built more new prison cells than Council houses. At least the Coalition Govt has given Local Authorities more financial freedom to use their Housing Revenue Account to invest in housing- local authorities want more but Labour has said it wouldn't allow that.
It's welcome that the Labour Party and Cllr Streeting in particular have discovered housing as an issue, as they were generally silent on the matter when in Opposition in the last four years. As a result of not taking much interest in housing I genuinely doubt whether they have either the background knowledge or the drive and determination to make much difference in Redbridge. Some bold and imaginative decisions need to be taken about the financial arrangements necessary to unleash the development potential of sites in the Borough. It's not just about planning and NIMBYs. And I see no reason why a future Labour Govt should build any more houses than the last one did - they actually built more new prison cells than Council houses. At least the Coalition Govt has given Local Authorities more financial freedom to use their Housing Revenue Account to invest in housing- local authorities want more but Labour has said it wouldn't allow that. Cllr Gwyneth Deakins
  • Score: 3

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