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St Just Town Council express fears affordable housing in the town may go to those outside after properties remain unfilled

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 19, 2013

By Josh Barrie

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THE MAYOR of St Just has questioned the affordable housing application process after new properties recently built in the town were not filled, despite there being more than 200 people on the waiting list.

At a town council meeting on Monday Kevin McFadden described the way residents had to "bid" for homes as "ludicrous" and said those who are not computer literate were at a disadvantage.

He said now, with the homes available for an allotted time and not all filled, there was a danger they would be opened up to prospective candidates outside of the St Just parish.

"The houses are for local people – there is a big need in St Just and Pendeen. We all know someone who wants a house. The system is totally wrong."

Mr McFadden blamed the complicated application process as the reason the properties, which are owned by Sanctuary Housing, were not filled.

"It's too complicated," he said. "I cannot believe that they cannot find people to go in all the homes.

"It (bidding online) doesn't work for the ordinary person – it should be all done locally."

Earlier this year Cornwall Council gave planning approval for Sanctuary Housing to sell up to ten of the affordable homes on shared ownership terms, while the majority will be made available for rent.

At this week's meeting other councillors also voiced concerns about the situation, and it was agreed to send a letter to relevant parties outlining concerns.

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  • Doitdreckley  |  December 19 2013, 9:39PM

    If you tried to leave Sanctuary shared equity scheme in the mid 90s they made it as difficult as possible to sell your bit until you stood up to them.

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  • Grenville  |  December 19 2013, 8:47PM

    Sanctuary housing dont have a great record for maintaining their housing stock, as anyone who was watching TV the other night will know so I very much doubt that they care who gets these houses as long as some one is in them paying rent. I agree our town council should be much more assertive about it, but they are a business friendly lot so they wont want to upset Sanctuary. This looks like a rerun of Pathway Fields in Hayle, where we were assured that local people would be first in line for houses there and the very first residents were a bunch of misfits from, I think, Northampton, and theyre still there being misfits!

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  • localperson12  |  December 19 2013, 5:29PM

    I am local to St Just and have been all my life, at the time of bidding was in the lowest band as awaiting a housing officer to review my current accomadation. After the visit i have now moved to medium priorty, which at the time of bidding if we was in the correct banding then would have been within a good chance of having a house. I feel that we should be at least considered for one of these houses as we are in need of some where suitable within the St Just area. Its crazy that not all houses have been allocated and possably offered to others outside the parish when there are local people in need for theml, me being one of them!!

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  • Mice470  |  December 19 2013, 10:40AM

    I would suggest that the Town Council be a bit more proactive and rather than "outlining concerns", contact all the people on the housing list and help them with the application process. I would hope that none of those properties available for rent will go as second homes.

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  • Lafrowda  |  December 19 2013, 10:38AM

    Once the houses are occupied a mini census needs to be done to ascertain just who got them and from where. Pointless producing a story consisting of supposition unless it is followed up.

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