Work begins on constructing 50 new council houses in Kinson as part of £8.7m project

Bournemouth Echo: New council homes are being built here New council homes are being built here

CONSTRUCTION work has started on a new £8.7million council housing project in Kinson.

It will see 50 two, three and four-bedroom houses built on former playing fields adjacent to Duck Lane.

The aim is to create family homes for those currently on the council housing register, which currently has 2,250 applicants on the waiting list. The southern part of the site will be used for the homes and the north part of the project will consist of a community-use building, two acres of landscaped areas, cycle routes and a skateboard park.

Cllr Robert Lawton, cabinet member for housing, said that providing more affordable homes in Bournemouth is a top priority for the council.

“This is the largest house building development by the council since the 1980s and will provide much-needed family accommodation for those residents currently on the housing register,” he added. “This scheme will also give a boost to the local economy and provide jobs and apprenticeships.”

The project will comprise 42 three-bedroom houses, six two-bedroom houses and two four-bedroom houses. The construction is being carried out by Mansell Homes at an estimated cost of £8.7m. It is being paid for by investment from the Homes Communities Agency, prudential borrowing and developer contributions. Mansell Homes’ regional director, Guy Hayward, said: “We are delighted to be working with Bournemouth Council to deliver this landmark housing scheme.

“These homes will be highly sustainable, timber frame houses which will benefit families in Bournemouth for decades to come.”

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12:24pm Fri 25 Apr 14

motherhen4 says...

As much as this is going to upset a lot of people the council need to be building a lot more affordable homes as most council houses have been sold now which has caused such a shortage
As much as this is going to upset a lot of people the council need to be building a lot more affordable homes as most council houses have been sold now which has caused such a shortage motherhen4
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12:41pm Fri 25 Apr 14

retry69 says...

An end of an era, I shall be in mourning for a long time as many,many memories good and bad are lost due to the demolition of The White Hut and surrounding areas,very sad :(
An end of an era, I shall be in mourning for a long time as many,many memories good and bad are lost due to the demolition of The White Hut and surrounding areas,very sad :( retry69
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12:43pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Townee says...

We need more why not build more on this site instead of a green area, skate park and other waste of space things. They might have been able to build 20 more house instead of a green area that will be covered in rubbish,dog poo and other unsightly things.
If Thatcher hadn't sold off most of the council houses we wouldn't need to build so many now. I wonder how long these will stay in council run hands?
Let's hope they are given to hard working people who can't save for a deposit and not to scroungers.
We need more why not build more on this site instead of a green area, skate park and other waste of space things. They might have been able to build 20 more house instead of a green area that will be covered in rubbish,dog poo and other unsightly things. If Thatcher hadn't sold off most of the council houses we wouldn't need to build so many now. I wonder how long these will stay in council run hands? Let's hope they are given to hard working people who can't save for a deposit and not to scroungers. Townee
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12:52pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Old Colonial says...

Townee wrote:
We need more why not build more on this site instead of a green area, skate park and other waste of space things. They might have been able to build 20 more house instead of a green area that will be covered in rubbish,dog poo and other unsightly things.
If Thatcher hadn't sold off most of the council houses we wouldn't need to build so many now. I wonder how long these will stay in council run hands?
Let's hope they are given to hard working people who can't save for a deposit and not to scroungers.
Just a reminder that 'Thatcher' did not sell anything. The government gave approval for local authorities to sell. They were not forced to, and neither were the tenants obliged to purchase them. It was the opportunity to get on the 'housing ladder' by buying properties at below true market value that started the rot.
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: We need more why not build more on this site instead of a green area, skate park and other waste of space things. They might have been able to build 20 more house instead of a green area that will be covered in rubbish,dog poo and other unsightly things. If Thatcher hadn't sold off most of the council houses we wouldn't need to build so many now. I wonder how long these will stay in council run hands? Let's hope they are given to hard working people who can't save for a deposit and not to scroungers.[/p][/quote]Just a reminder that 'Thatcher' did not sell anything. The government gave approval for local authorities to sell. They were not forced to, and neither were the tenants obliged to purchase them. It was the opportunity to get on the 'housing ladder' by buying properties at below true market value that started the rot. Old Colonial
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12:57pm Fri 25 Apr 14

contric says...

nothing wrong with mrs thatcher selling off council houses the bad thing was the money received from the sale wasnt ploughed back into building more council houses and the need for so many houses now can be blamed on the useless labour governments open door policy allowing so many people to come here without any provision for housing school hospitals and other things that are needed when you increase the population so quickly although i own a few houses i do feel sorry for locals and youngsters and immigrants who are chasing a very limited stock of houses
nothing wrong with mrs thatcher selling off council houses the bad thing was the money received from the sale wasnt ploughed back into building more council houses and the need for so many houses now can be blamed on the useless labour governments open door policy allowing so many people to come here without any provision for housing school hospitals and other things that are needed when you increase the population so quickly although i own a few houses i do feel sorry for locals and youngsters and immigrants who are chasing a very limited stock of houses contric
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12:58pm Fri 25 Apr 14

BmthNewshound says...

If "providing more affordable homes in Bournemouth is a top priority for the council" why has it taken this council administration 10 years to get these houses built ?
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During their 10 years in office this Conservative administration has squandered £10m on the Imax fiasco, £3m+ on the failed surf reef, and have put aside another tidy sum for the compulsory purchase of the Exeter Road car park. Building affordable housing has never been a priority and when there are 2,250 on the Council waiting list 50 houses is hardly going to address the desperate need for affordable homes in the town.
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In allocating these houses the Council should give priority to families where adults work hard to provide for their families but cannot afford to buy their own homes due to the Dorsets low-pay culture. Many really struggle to afford the extortionate rip-off rents charged by private sector landlords.
If "providing more affordable homes in Bournemouth is a top priority for the council" why has it taken this council administration 10 years to get these houses built ? . During their 10 years in office this Conservative administration has squandered £10m on the Imax fiasco, £3m+ on the failed surf reef, and have put aside another tidy sum for the compulsory purchase of the Exeter Road car park. Building affordable housing has never been a priority and when there are 2,250 on the Council waiting list 50 houses is hardly going to address the desperate need for affordable homes in the town. . In allocating these houses the Council should give priority to families where adults work hard to provide for their families but cannot afford to buy their own homes due to the Dorsets low-pay culture. Many really struggle to afford the extortionate rip-off rents charged by private sector landlords. BmthNewshound
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1:07pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Redgolfer says...

Lets put the ''Cat amongst the Pigeons'', how many of these new build will be going to people with local connections, it would be nice to know and might shed a light on the Councils stance of all new people coming to this area ???
Lets put the ''Cat amongst the Pigeons'', how many of these new build will be going to people with local connections, it would be nice to know and might shed a light on the Councils stance of all new people coming to this area ??? Redgolfer
  • Score: 6

1:23pm Fri 25 Apr 14

muscliffman says...

Townee wrote:
We need more why not build more on this site instead of a green area, skate park and other waste of space things. They might have been able to build 20 more house instead of a green area that will be covered in rubbish,dog poo and other unsightly things.
If Thatcher hadn't sold off most of the council houses we wouldn't need to build so many now. I wonder how long these will stay in council run hands?
Let's hope they are given to hard working people who can't save for a deposit and not to scroungers.
Mrs Thatcher only 'enabled' local Authorities to sell Council Houses, she did not compel them to sell them and more importantly this happened quarter of a Century ago!

If you wish to be critical about the lack of UK Council Houses then look to the local Authorities and Governments (especially Labour) since this very popular 1980's Thatcher Government policy - enabling long term Council tenants to buy. Because they have all had ample opportunity to build and replace Council Houses, but for their own reasons have quite deliberately chosen not to.
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: We need more why not build more on this site instead of a green area, skate park and other waste of space things. They might have been able to build 20 more house instead of a green area that will be covered in rubbish,dog poo and other unsightly things. If Thatcher hadn't sold off most of the council houses we wouldn't need to build so many now. I wonder how long these will stay in council run hands? Let's hope they are given to hard working people who can't save for a deposit and not to scroungers.[/p][/quote]Mrs Thatcher only 'enabled' local Authorities to sell Council Houses, she did not compel them to sell them and more importantly this happened quarter of a Century ago! If you wish to be critical about the lack of UK Council Houses then look to the local Authorities and Governments (especially Labour) since this very popular 1980's Thatcher Government policy - enabling long term Council tenants to buy. Because they have all had ample opportunity to build and replace Council Houses, but for their own reasons have quite deliberately chosen not to. muscliffman
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1:37pm Fri 25 Apr 14

muscliffman says...

BmthNewshound wrote:
If "providing more affordable homes in Bournemouth is a top priority for the council" why has it taken this council administration 10 years to get these houses built ?
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During their 10 years in office this Conservative administration has squandered £10m on the Imax fiasco, £3m+ on the failed surf reef, and have put aside another tidy sum for the compulsory purchase of the Exeter Road car park. Building affordable housing has never been a priority and when there are 2,250 on the Council waiting list 50 houses is hardly going to address the desperate need for affordable homes in the town.
.
In allocating these houses the Council should give priority to families where adults work hard to provide for their families but cannot afford to buy their own homes due to the Dorsets low-pay culture. Many really struggle to afford the extortionate rip-off rents charged by private sector landlords.
You mention " Dorset's low-pay culture" I regret that is really the UK's low pay culture and it's something we had better get used for so long as there is a virtually unlimited supply of eastern/southern EU labour which is more than happy and perfectly able to come here and work for our minimum wage - or even a lot less! In real value terms UK and Dorset's wages are going to continue falling for the foreseeable future and this EU caused process has only just started.
[quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: If "providing more affordable homes in Bournemouth is a top priority for the council" why has it taken this council administration 10 years to get these houses built ? . During their 10 years in office this Conservative administration has squandered £10m on the Imax fiasco, £3m+ on the failed surf reef, and have put aside another tidy sum for the compulsory purchase of the Exeter Road car park. Building affordable housing has never been a priority and when there are 2,250 on the Council waiting list 50 houses is hardly going to address the desperate need for affordable homes in the town. . In allocating these houses the Council should give priority to families where adults work hard to provide for their families but cannot afford to buy their own homes due to the Dorsets low-pay culture. Many really struggle to afford the extortionate rip-off rents charged by private sector landlords.[/p][/quote]You mention " Dorset's low-pay culture" I regret that is really the UK's low pay culture and it's something we had better get used for so long as there is a virtually unlimited supply of eastern/southern EU labour which is more than happy and perfectly able to come here and work for our minimum wage - or even a lot less! In real value terms UK and Dorset's wages are going to continue falling for the foreseeable future and this EU caused process has only just started. muscliffman
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2:03pm Fri 25 Apr 14

BmthNewshound says...

muscliffman wrote:
BmthNewshound wrote:
If "providing more affordable homes in Bournemouth is a top priority for the council" why has it taken this council administration 10 years to get these houses built ?
.
During their 10 years in office this Conservative administration has squandered £10m on the Imax fiasco, £3m+ on the failed surf reef, and have put aside another tidy sum for the compulsory purchase of the Exeter Road car park. Building affordable housing has never been a priority and when there are 2,250 on the Council waiting list 50 houses is hardly going to address the desperate need for affordable homes in the town.
.
In allocating these houses the Council should give priority to families where adults work hard to provide for their families but cannot afford to buy their own homes due to the Dorsets low-pay culture. Many really struggle to afford the extortionate rip-off rents charged by private sector landlords.
You mention " Dorset's low-pay culture" I regret that is really the UK's low pay culture and it's something we had better get used for so long as there is a virtually unlimited supply of eastern/southern EU labour which is more than happy and perfectly able to come here and work for our minimum wage - or even a lot less! In real value terms UK and Dorset's wages are going to continue falling for the foreseeable future and this EU caused process has only just started.
Sadly to a point your're right. Even by UK standards, however, wages in Dorset are low, especially when compared to to the cost of housing
.
Its not just EU immigration, the UK has one the largest pay differentials between management and workers salaries. In my last corporate job at the beginning of the recession despite falling sales, redundancies and salary freezes for most staff the senior directors continued to collect huge bonuses on top of their generous salaries. If these bonuses had been spread across the workforce we could all have received a £1,000 a year pay increase .
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: If "providing more affordable homes in Bournemouth is a top priority for the council" why has it taken this council administration 10 years to get these houses built ? . During their 10 years in office this Conservative administration has squandered £10m on the Imax fiasco, £3m+ on the failed surf reef, and have put aside another tidy sum for the compulsory purchase of the Exeter Road car park. Building affordable housing has never been a priority and when there are 2,250 on the Council waiting list 50 houses is hardly going to address the desperate need for affordable homes in the town. . In allocating these houses the Council should give priority to families where adults work hard to provide for their families but cannot afford to buy their own homes due to the Dorsets low-pay culture. Many really struggle to afford the extortionate rip-off rents charged by private sector landlords.[/p][/quote]You mention " Dorset's low-pay culture" I regret that is really the UK's low pay culture and it's something we had better get used for so long as there is a virtually unlimited supply of eastern/southern EU labour which is more than happy and perfectly able to come here and work for our minimum wage - or even a lot less! In real value terms UK and Dorset's wages are going to continue falling for the foreseeable future and this EU caused process has only just started.[/p][/quote]Sadly to a point your're right. Even by UK standards, however, wages in Dorset are low, especially when compared to to the cost of housing . Its not just EU immigration, the UK has one the largest pay differentials between management and workers salaries. In my last corporate job at the beginning of the recession despite falling sales, redundancies and salary freezes for most staff the senior directors continued to collect huge bonuses on top of their generous salaries. If these bonuses had been spread across the workforce we could all have received a £1,000 a year pay increase . BmthNewshound
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3:09pm Fri 25 Apr 14

muscliffman says...

BmthNewshound wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
BmthNewshound wrote:
If "providing more affordable homes in Bournemouth is a top priority for the council" why has it taken this council administration 10 years to get these houses built ?
.
During their 10 years in office this Conservative administration has squandered £10m on the Imax fiasco, £3m+ on the failed surf reef, and have put aside another tidy sum for the compulsory purchase of the Exeter Road car park. Building affordable housing has never been a priority and when there are 2,250 on the Council waiting list 50 houses is hardly going to address the desperate need for affordable homes in the town.
.
In allocating these houses the Council should give priority to families where adults work hard to provide for their families but cannot afford to buy their own homes due to the Dorsets low-pay culture. Many really struggle to afford the extortionate rip-off rents charged by private sector landlords.
You mention " Dorset's low-pay culture" I regret that is really the UK's low pay culture and it's something we had better get used for so long as there is a virtually unlimited supply of eastern/southern EU labour which is more than happy and perfectly able to come here and work for our minimum wage - or even a lot less! In real value terms UK and Dorset's wages are going to continue falling for the foreseeable future and this EU caused process has only just started.
Sadly to a point your're right. Even by UK standards, however, wages in Dorset are low, especially when compared to to the cost of housing
.
Its not just EU immigration, the UK has one the largest pay differentials between management and workers salaries. In my last corporate job at the beginning of the recession despite falling sales, redundancies and salary freezes for most staff the senior directors continued to collect huge bonuses on top of their generous salaries. If these bonuses had been spread across the workforce we could all have received a £1,000 a year pay increase .
Fair comment, although if those Directors to whom you refer were also taking personal risks to enable their business to simply exist then it may not be unreasonable for them to be well rewarded and take bonuses - but of course only when the Company was prospering. And naturally any businesses chance of prospering in the UK today is hugely improved by their access to cheaper non-indigenous EU labour - for example pop into your local Supermarket and engage a few members of staff in conversation......
[quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: If "providing more affordable homes in Bournemouth is a top priority for the council" why has it taken this council administration 10 years to get these houses built ? . During their 10 years in office this Conservative administration has squandered £10m on the Imax fiasco, £3m+ on the failed surf reef, and have put aside another tidy sum for the compulsory purchase of the Exeter Road car park. Building affordable housing has never been a priority and when there are 2,250 on the Council waiting list 50 houses is hardly going to address the desperate need for affordable homes in the town. . In allocating these houses the Council should give priority to families where adults work hard to provide for their families but cannot afford to buy their own homes due to the Dorsets low-pay culture. Many really struggle to afford the extortionate rip-off rents charged by private sector landlords.[/p][/quote]You mention " Dorset's low-pay culture" I regret that is really the UK's low pay culture and it's something we had better get used for so long as there is a virtually unlimited supply of eastern/southern EU labour which is more than happy and perfectly able to come here and work for our minimum wage - or even a lot less! In real value terms UK and Dorset's wages are going to continue falling for the foreseeable future and this EU caused process has only just started.[/p][/quote]Sadly to a point your're right. Even by UK standards, however, wages in Dorset are low, especially when compared to to the cost of housing . Its not just EU immigration, the UK has one the largest pay differentials between management and workers salaries. In my last corporate job at the beginning of the recession despite falling sales, redundancies and salary freezes for most staff the senior directors continued to collect huge bonuses on top of their generous salaries. If these bonuses had been spread across the workforce we could all have received a £1,000 a year pay increase .[/p][/quote]Fair comment, although if those Directors to whom you refer were also taking personal risks to enable their business to simply exist then it may not be unreasonable for them to be well rewarded and take bonuses - but of course only when the Company was prospering. And naturally any businesses chance of prospering in the UK today is hugely improved by their access to cheaper non-indigenous EU labour - for example pop into your local Supermarket and engage a few members of staff in conversation...... muscliffman
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4:26pm Fri 25 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

Redgolfer wrote:
Lets put the ''Cat amongst the Pigeons'', how many of these new build will be going to people with local connections, it would be nice to know and might shed a light on the Councils stance of all new people coming to this area ???
How many will go to unmarried mothers with 3/4 kids is more like it i know of several who breed like rabbits,as well as married mums where father never works but still keeps having kids,so that all you guys and gals who work your guts off have to help pay to support them.
[quote][p][bold]Redgolfer[/bold] wrote: Lets put the ''Cat amongst the Pigeons'', how many of these new build will be going to people with local connections, it would be nice to know and might shed a light on the Councils stance of all new people coming to this area ???[/p][/quote]How many will go to unmarried mothers with 3/4 kids is more like it i know of several who breed like rabbits,as well as married mums where father never works but still keeps having kids,so that all you guys and gals who work your guts off have to help pay to support them. pete woodley
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7:26pm Fri 25 Apr 14

live-and-let-live says...

immigrants need somewhere to live.and their needs are more important than anyone born here. so ive heard.
immigrants need somewhere to live.and their needs are more important than anyone born here. so ive heard. live-and-let-live
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7:29pm Fri 25 Apr 14

live-and-let-live says...

motherhen4 wrote:
As much as this is going to upset a lot of people the council need to be building a lot more affordable homes as most council houses have been sold now which has caused such a shortage
selling council houses has got nothing to do with it. do you think, if those hadn't been bought, that the people living in them wont still be in them? of course they will stay in their houses . so they wont be available for anyone else.
[quote][p][bold]motherhen4[/bold] wrote: As much as this is going to upset a lot of people the council need to be building a lot more affordable homes as most council houses have been sold now which has caused such a shortage[/p][/quote]selling council houses has got nothing to do with it. do you think, if those hadn't been bought, that the people living in them wont still be in them? of course they will stay in their houses . so they wont be available for anyone else. live-and-let-live
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8:17pm Sat 26 Apr 14

guisselle says...

The wish list is long and the dream of your own home strong.
The wish list is long and the dream of your own home strong. guisselle
  • Score: -1

8:21pm Sat 26 Apr 14

guisselle says...

Townee wrote:
We need more why not build more on this site instead of a green area, skate park and other waste of space things. They might have been able to build 20 more house instead of a green area that will be covered in rubbish,dog poo and other unsightly things.
If Thatcher hadn't sold off most of the council houses we wouldn't need to build so many now. I wonder how long these will stay in council run hands?
Let's hope they are given to hard working people who can't save for a deposit and not to scroungers.
Good point.
I'm sure there are plenty of young families and some older who
need a decent home.
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: We need more why not build more on this site instead of a green area, skate park and other waste of space things. They might have been able to build 20 more house instead of a green area that will be covered in rubbish,dog poo and other unsightly things. If Thatcher hadn't sold off most of the council houses we wouldn't need to build so many now. I wonder how long these will stay in council run hands? Let's hope they are given to hard working people who can't save for a deposit and not to scroungers.[/p][/quote]Good point. I'm sure there are plenty of young families and some older who need a decent home. guisselle
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2:40pm Sun 27 Apr 14

sophieamy82 says...

guisselle wrote:
Townee wrote:
We need more why not build more on this site instead of a green area, skate park and other waste of space things. They might have been able to build 20 more house instead of a green area that will be covered in rubbish,dog poo and other unsightly things.
If Thatcher hadn't sold off most of the council houses we wouldn't need to build so many now. I wonder how long these will stay in council run hands?
Let's hope they are given to hard working people who can't save for a deposit and not to scroungers.
Good point.
I'm sure there are plenty of young families and some older who
need a decent home.
Just to make a point, my family are desperately waiting and praying for one of these homes we have 4 children both work hard and are sick of paying full rent to live in our overcrowded 2 bed home. Our children attend both the local schools and for us even on fair money we can not buy our own home. We have been told we should have one if these homes and to us and our children it will change our life's! Not everybody waiting for one of these houses are scum bag Scroungers!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]guisselle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: We need more why not build more on this site instead of a green area, skate park and other waste of space things. They might have been able to build 20 more house instead of a green area that will be covered in rubbish,dog poo and other unsightly things. If Thatcher hadn't sold off most of the council houses we wouldn't need to build so many now. I wonder how long these will stay in council run hands? Let's hope they are given to hard working people who can't save for a deposit and not to scroungers.[/p][/quote]Good point. I'm sure there are plenty of young families and some older who need a decent home.[/p][/quote]Just to make a point, my family are desperately waiting and praying for one of these homes we have 4 children both work hard and are sick of paying full rent to live in our overcrowded 2 bed home. Our children attend both the local schools and for us even on fair money we can not buy our own home. We have been told we should have one if these homes and to us and our children it will change our life's! Not everybody waiting for one of these houses are scum bag Scroungers!!!!! sophieamy82
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