Saturday, 20 March 2010
Thanet Council bottom of the table on Housing
Shelter the housing charity have carried out a survey of Councils across England. Here's what Shelter found on housing in Thanet
"There are 4,697 households on the waiting list for affordable housing in Thanet – at current letting rates this will take 9.38 years to clear.Independent experts say Thanet needs to build 1,544 homes per year. Thanet District Council planned for 70 new affordable homes to be provided last year.
This was less than the number of new affordable homes needed.
Despite this, only 63 new affordable homes were delivered on average in each of the last three years, even less than the number planned and less than was needed."
This is a shockingly bad record. Compare Thanet to the rest of the country and it comes 309th out of 320 councils with returns. In the South East only Shepway (Folkestone) was worse out of 64 Councils.
My previous post highlights another bottom of the league table Thanet District Council performance on Ramsgate Marina. There's no doubt after 7 years it has to be time to sack the manager, Thanet Council Leader Sandy Ezekiel. On housing Cllr. Zita Wiltshire has held the Cabinet portfolio for three years and her performance leaves a lot to be desired.
One aspect of the housing portfolio is tackling issues of anti-social behaviour. On this like her fellow Thanet Cabinet members Martin Wise and Simon Moores she has a very poor record, readily tolerating and defending anti-social behaviour when carried out by Conservative colleagues. In particular at Standards Committee she has sadly striven to run the line that Sandy Ezekiel and Roger Latchford are innocent, even when finding herself in a minority of one. If only she had shown the devotion to her portfolio that she does to her Leader.
The point is made very well in this week's Isle of Thanet Gazette by Eastcliff Richard and I've taken the liberty of copying it here. (go to Eastcliff Richard for an enlargable version)
My thanks to Cllr. Iris Johnston Labour's Shadow Cabinet member for Housing for highlighting this information.