Oxford Road Site, once council housing for the vulnerable homeless, to be redeveloped and sold off into private ownership after laying empty for nine months following controversial transfer to Brick By Brick, Labour-controlled Croydon Council's 'arms length' development company.
Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood Liberal Democrat candidate Chris Jordan has discovered that a controversial Brick by Brick development in Oxford Road which used to house vulnerable homeless families is about to be converted into private housing.
Alerted by a concerned local resident that these properties had been empty for over nine months, Chris launched an investigation and discovered that, although planning permission had been granted by the council a year ago, the project had been referred to the Secretary of State for consideration and that Brick by Brick needed vacant possession.
In reply to Chris's queries a spokesperson at Brick by Brick confirmed that, despite their own target of at least 50% affordable housing, all of the nine homes to be built on the site were to be sold as private housing. The Council land is due to be transferred to Brick by Brick in the next few weeks.
Croydon Council declined to give information as to where former tenants were rehoused. A Freedom of Information request has been issued to discover this and other details.
Chris and fellow candidates Claire Bonham and Guy Burchett have issued a joint statement condemning Croydon council for leaving these properties empty for so long when homelessness is such a problem in the borough. If the land is only to be transferred now, these properties could have been used for emergency temporary accommodation whilst awaiting the Secretary of State's decision. Claire, Chris and Guy are also very concerned that precious council housing stock is to be lost to the private sector and that none of the proposed nine new-builds are to be affordable social housing, or even designated for private rental.
Croydon Liberal Democrats believe that it is neither socially responsible nor financially prudent for Labour to be 'selling the silver' to plug shortfalls in current expenditure. Council housing is an asset which should be carefully tended. We should be building more social and affordable rented accommodation, not selling off what we currently own to the highest bidder.
Published and promoted by Chris Jordan at 3 Timberling Gardens, CR2 0AW on behalf of Claire Bonham 4 Gayfere Place, London, SE25 6DY and Guy Burchett 94 Colliers Water Ln, CR7 7LB.