History was made this evening when the Liberal Democrats running Kingston Council confirmed plans to build the first council homes in the borough in over 20 years.
It was announced at a meeting of residents on the Cambridge Road Estate that at least 114 extra council homes will be built during the estate’s rebuild — so long as residents give the scheme their backing. Conservative's plans for the estate did not involve building any extra council houses.
A minimum of 767 council homes will be built, compared with the 653 currently on the estate. The Council will also offer a further guarantee that any Council profits from later phases of the rebuild will be used to increase the number of council homes by more still, with an aim to get 900 council homes.
More good news for residents is that rents for existing secure tenants will - as now - only rise with national changes. The Council will increase the quality of housing for our residents, but keep rents at prices tenants can afford.
Councillor Liz Green, Leader of Kingston Council, said: “Residents have welcomed the commitment from the Liberal Democrat administration to provide more social rent housing.
Scaremongers from outside the estate, who have been twisting the truth, have had their arguments blown out of the water. Secure tenants will be able to continue living on a rebuilt Cambridge Road Estate, and the rebuild will see existing secure tenant rents rise in line with national changes. We will also be able to provide more homes for those on our housing waiting list.
I am so proud that, under the Liberal Democrats, Kingston is building truly affordable homes again.”