Posts Tagged ‘Housing’

Tenants & Homeless seize abandoned council house

Posted on August 27th, 2012 by RebelBull

In the early hours of Monday morning, activists appalled at the crackdown on homeless beggars and the council’s lack of action to create badly needed new homes seized one of Birmingham’s 11,000[4] empty properties. The group calling themselves Birmingham Tenants and Homeless Action Group issued a statement on their website[1] condemning the City Council for failing […]

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Homeless hostel closed by Cameron

Posted on March 12th, 2012 by Keith

‘We’re all in it together’ … apparently. Yet none of us can see David Cameron and all his rich mates losing their homes. Which is precisely what’s happened to eight people in Hereford after the city’s only homeless hostel for men closed its doors at the end of February. Cuts in housing benefit grants have […]

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Local news in brief

Posted on October 19th, 2011 by RebelBull

Herefordshire families are faced with ‘unrealistic and unaffordable’ rent costs, a new report has revealed. The report, recently conducted by housing charity Shelter, names the county as the most expensive area to privately rent in the whole West Midlands region. Private tenants spend an average of 40% of their earnings on rent, with the area’s low wages […]

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Council’s war on open spaces

Posted on January 22nd, 2011 by RebelBull

Council plans to sell off or build on green spaces in the county are once again hitting the headlines. In Ledbury there have been fears of a new housing development on the town’s cricket and football pitches off New Street for some time. There are currently major plans to build 800 new homes in the […]

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Empty house is ‘flytippers paradise’

Posted on August 20th, 2010 by RebelBull

A Hereford house is blighting a community after more than 10 years of neglect. Neighbours of 1 Quicksets, Redhill, (featured previously in the Heckler), say the empty house lowers the tone of the area and has become a “flytippers paradise”. One resident has been in touch with the council for two years to try and […]

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Three years on… Houses STILL standing empty

Posted on June 15th, 2010 by RebelBull

A stand-off between Herefordshire Housing and an insurance company has left two houses standing empty for three years because neither party will take responsibility for the cost of repairs. In a report compiled for the Heckler, Herefordshire Housing told us how tenants from the houses in Lloyd Street, Hereford were first moved out in 2007 […]

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Councillors deaf to all objections

Posted on June 15th, 2010 by RebelBull

Should next year’s local elections change the rotten-to-the-core Herefordshire Council, the autocratic authority’s all-powerful Central Planning Committee should be the first to get a thorough clean-out. Two disgracefully lop-sided decisions were whistled through this Spring: the fatuous ‘link road to nowhere’ and a lacklustre housing development in the grounds of the listed Caradoc Court, near […]

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Council failing on affordable housing – Time to squat

Posted on April 12th, 2010 by RebelBull

To buy an average-price house in Herefordshire you would have to be earning £48,856 a year. Those are the findings of housing charity Shelter, which brands Herefordshire Council as one of the worst providers of affordable housing in England. At the current rate of availability it would take almost eight and half years to house […]

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Council Cuts Housing Targets

Posted on May 1st, 2009 by Andy

Housing problems will get worse before they get better, council bosses have admitted, after revealing that targets to build affordable housing are to be slashed. Herefordshire Council has said the plans to improve upon the 212 affordable homes built last year would be scrapped due to the current economic climate. The council is currently at […]

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More Homes Now!

Posted on February 1st, 2009 by Andy

More than 5,000 people are now on waiting lists for social housing in the county–with only 15 homes becoming available each week! This figure is set to rise as the recession digs in, with redundancies and short-time work inevitably leading to house repossessions and homelessness. Councillors are admitting that we are in a ‘grim’ situation, […]

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