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Ipswich: Call for debate on future of prefabs

11:00 07 March 2013

Councillor Judy Terry

Councillor Judy Terry

A COUNCILLOR is calling for a debate about the future of the town’s prefab bungalows.

The 122 properties in Inverness Road and Humber Doucy Lane were built in 1947 as emergency post-war housing but borough and county councillor Judy Terry said the housing is no longer fit for purpose.

“It concerns me the council has no plans for any improvements here, yet many residents are suffering from poor quality accommodation, which is inefficient and expensive to heat, when the council is committing millions of pounds to building new family houses with every possible luxury,” she added.

“Two developers, as well as the local architect, would be willing to work with the council and local residents to deliver a superb housing scheme.

“All I am asking is for the debate to start with residents, when it’s evident the council has no plans for the area, although there seems to have been a whispering campaign for the last two years, causing distress and uncertainty.”

She said an architect has come up with a simple layout for 200 houses and a 60 to 80-bed care home for the site.

John Mowles, Ipswich Borough Council’s portfolio holder for housing, said the prefab bungalows are challenging to maintain but are constantly reviewed to keep them up to standard.

He added: “However, we know that the vast majority of our tenants living in these houses absolutely love them.

“Whatever we do in future will be done with their best interests in mind and in full consultation with them.

“It is deeply irresponsible of Judy Terry to start waving her ill-thought out plans around in public without any thought about the effect it would have on tenants. It has caused a lot of distress to many elderly and vulnerable residents.”

2 comments

  • While these houses have far exceeded their design life it is unclear if they are still fit for purpose. Clearly there is a benefit if the land can be reclaimed and additional houses built to provide more social housing. That is a good thing, although the existing tenants would face some disruption. Such a scheme would be of overall benefit tpthe comunity and provide jobs in the short term. Councilor Terry's late interest in the scheme seems to be driven by the politics of stopping the sensible development in North Ipswiich. Her party think they can stop this by installing traffic lights to stop residents from the new development getting into town by installing traffic lights to prevent peak time movement of private cars. There is already a precident in Kesgrave where they stopped the bypass which had already been agreed and frittered the money on several sets of traffic lights to stop anyone on Grange Farm getting anywhere at peak times. Who's interest do SCC have at heart?

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    amsterdam81

    Thursday, March 7, 2013

  • I am getting confused by this issue. Did not the Labour Group start this debate on the prefabs early last year? Or is the following comment fiction not fact?Is it recorded in the minutes of the Council meeting? "Get Rid of Prefabs Says Labour’s Tracy Grant The Campaign March 19, 2012 by Chris (Chambers) In only the second of her public utterances since her election to represent Rushmere ward last year, Labour’s Cllr. Tracy Grant suggested at a Full Council meeting, ‘money can be used to replace the prefabs in my ward.’ Presumably she was referring to those in Inverness Road and Sidegate Lane, as well as part of Humber Doucy Lane. She is obviously unaware that not only are these prefabs much loved by their residents, with a waiting list for every home which becomes available, but they are also the subject of a multi-million pound phased refurbishment. Is she suggesting that those monies now be wasted?" Mr Mowles is right, the residents should be the first to be consulted ; Mr Chambers equally poses a good question. M Mowles continues, "All I am asking is for the debate to start with residents, when it's evident the council has no plans for the area, although there seems to have been a whispering campaign for the last two years, causing distress and uncertainty." Question is, who started the whisper?

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    SOCS

    Thursday, March 7, 2013

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