A former children’s home in Westminster Drive, West Bletchley, made up of three Council houses has been left empty for over 7 months at a time when the hard up council is buying empty homes and paying thousands for B&B placements.
Local Councillor Mick Legg and community campaigner Moriah Priestley have been contacted by worried residents because the properties have been left empty, there is rubbish in the gardens and the fencing at the rear of the property has blown done.
Moriah Priestley, who is campaigning for more affordable family housing in West Bletchley believes the three properties should be separated and re-let to local families desperate for a place to live.
Moriah Priestley said, “It is outrageous that the home and the linked properties should be left empty especially at a time when there are families desperate for a home.”
Cllr Mick Legg added, “It is so wrong to leave houses empty when the Council is putting dozens of families in B&B hotels in far-away places outsider the city. The Council should have seen this problem coming when it moved the Children’s home.”
Cllr Legg and Moriah Priestley want action to secure the properties and the gardens and they want the Council to agree to convert the home back to Council houses. They then want them let to local families from West Bletchley
Moriah Priestley concluded, “We see a lot of families every week who need family homes locally. Bringing these properties back into use would be a small but valued step. The Council must not neglect them anymore. It seems poor value for money to leave homes empty month after month then to go out and buy more homes on the open market.“