THURROCK faces a housing crisis on a scale never seen before claims a Thurrock Ukip councillor.
Private rents in many areas have allegedly increased by 50% in the last two years. They are also concerned that “Families who have lived in the same towns for generations but are struggling to make ends meet are being forced out of their communities. Social cleansing is now a reality in Thurrock”.
UKIP’s Housing Spokesman, Cllr Luke Spillman raised this issue at full council on the 30th November 2016.
He said: “The leader of the council confirmed our fears that not even the very minimum number of new dwellings required each year will be built in Thurrock over the next few years. Analysis of estimates of future population increase in Thurrock shows that a minimum of 700 new dwellings per year are required to prevent this crisis becoming even more dire. This figure has only been achieved once in the last 10 years and the average is just 263 per year.
“We would need to build at least 1000 extra dwellings per year to see any noticeable improvement. This cannot be achieved without significant help from central government. Unfortunately, this government has made no commitment to address this problem. Indeed, Conservative government policy may have entirely halted the Thurrock’s house building programme.”