I was very disappointed this week with the Conservative group in Conwy. In Principal scrutiny committee Wednesday 28th October, chaired by the conservative leader, they tabled a recommendation to cut the percentage of affordable housing in the corporate plan from 50% to 25% stating 50% is not achievable!!.
I believe 50% is a challenging target but we all need targets and goals. I had a part in negotiations in Llandudno Junction in which we were successful in achieving 30% affordable housing on an application of 225 units just off Victoria Drive, giving the opportunity to 67 local families to afford or be housed in their local community. Under the Tory proposal this would be cut to about 56 local families a reduction of 11 or so, in my opinion this is a backward step and one that will have a devastating effect on local people.
I gave the conservative group in Conwy the opportunity to rethink their proposal on Thursday in full council, I hope they reconsider this because under their plans, up to 11 local families would miss out on a home in the Llandudno Junction scheme.