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Great Blakenham: Police in attendance at heated public meeting as residents hit out over new council homes plan

12:52 04 September 2014

Residents ask questions at an earlier public meeting called to discuss the council homes plan in Great Blakenham

Residents ask questions at an earlier public meeting called to discuss the council homes plan in Great Blakenham

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Assurances were given last night that people with “three heads” would not be living in new proposed council homes.

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Mid Suffolk District Council’s move to build some of the first new council homes in decades was met by anger at a public meeting in Great Blakenham.

The council wants to build up to 23 homes on land it owns between Chequers Rise and Chalk Hill Lane in the village near Ipswich.

But at the meeting called to discuss the initial plans residents had concerns over a range of issues including flooding, lack of infrastructure and the would-be tenants. Such was the predicted hostility a policewoman and police community support officer were stationed at the Parish Room’s entrance.

District councillor, John Field, looked dismayed at some of the comments and asked if anyone in the room had ever lived in a council home.

In response he said: “You have not got three heads. It’s totally wrong to suggest that about all council tenants. No-one is here to deliberately do something that you do not want, there is no intention to harm the community.”

Several people had concerns about who would be living in the homes. The meeting heard how Mid Suffolk is to give preference to people who already live in the village or have connections to the area.

But many residents were not moved by this, one woman said: “My husband and I were told we were not eligible. He has served 12 years for the British Army, for this country and we could not get a house. People come off the streets and get houses in seconds.”

Julie Abbey-Taylor, Mid Suffolk’s corporate manager for strategic housing, said: “There are always sweeping statements about stereotypical council tenants in any place, about people who do not care about their neighbours, but you cannot say that about all council tenants.”

A drop-in session will take place later in the year to further discuss the plans. The earliest building work could start would be in the spring, subject to the approval of planning permission.

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8 comments

  • These people in GB are correct we live in a cut thru from a housing assc (Council House!!) and its a nightmare they don't give a damn about the noise the mess or the damage they cause. So how many people do you see on Jeremy Kyle who own there own teeth,wash there hair and own their own home.

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    Yarn

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

  • No wonder the residents are worried. If we get a labour governmenrt, Hazel Blears will probably use the houses to dump some of her multi-cultural problem children in them.

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    Gobby

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

  • I was at the meeting and the the report in this paper is not correct the meeting was not over heated the police were not in the room but out side they were not needed ,and as for the resentment for council tenants only a couple of people made comments on that ,the biggest worry was the affect the building of 23 units will have on the value of existing property ,we were led to believe from the start that the development was going to be mostly bungalows then towards the end of the meeting it came out only 8 were to be build the rest being houses over looking existing property , no plans have yet been drawn up so we do not know if they will build 2 or 3 bedroom houses , and how the 2 roads in and out will handle the traffic ,yes people are upset not because of council tenants but because no serious thought has gone into the plan ,so let's see if mr field keeps to his words printed in this paper when the people around the site say we do not wont it and he backs us ,time will tell,

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    pandy

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

  • You're either a troll or a complete idiot.

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    BoBoBolinski

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

  • The backward attitude of these people is staggering. Pure and utter snobbery.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

  • I can appreciate all that you are saying, and there are good and bad neighbours in all types of housing. It is just very disheartening to work hard all your life to find that the property you have worked for has been devalued. We have already been landed with the incinerator, Snoasis is still a possible, the roads haven't had the promised upgrades and the local GP surgeries are at bursting point. We have had enough!

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    Bonnie

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

  • How Damn ignorant of them. Not all "council Tennant" are what people like them have stereotyped them as!! A lot of families simply cannot get on the property ladder, or have come from a broken marriage and have no where else to go!! I'd love to know the percentage of council tenants that actually pay there own rent rather than rely on housing benefit. As I believe these pompous people assume that none are workers, that have pride, pay their own way and have well looked after families. They just assume their scum of the earth!!! I don't see what's the difference between People who rent privately or through the council myself, yet council tenants get such bad press!!

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    charlotte mcburney

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Wow, what a stuck up attitude those residents have. I live in a council house in which my wife and myself work over 100 hours a week. I pay the same bills as anyone else but cannot get a mortgage to buy a house because so many stuck up Londoners moved to this area and pushed the housing market out of the grasp of many local people who like myself work in the town in which they live. The council owns my home to which I pay rent till the day I drop, much like the banks own your home until you pay off your huge debt. Then if your lucky you may enjoy a few years of home ownership until you drop and unknown family members then appear to claim your home. We can all be stereotypical of all types of resident but there is bigger issues in the world than rejecting council tenants because they may not share your level of debt.

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    ran 528

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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