Labour led Milton Keynes Council is ready to start building 600 new Council houses on sites across Milton Keynes if Theresa May is serious about removing the cap on investment.
Milton Keynes Council has been pleading with the Government to be allowed to build hundreds of new council houses. Yet the Government, supported by the two local MPs, have refused to remove the cap and let us invest.
At this year’s Tory Party conference the Prime Minister stated that she will remove the cap. While we wait for details Labour-led MK Council is ready to build.
Council Leader Pete Marland said “Milton Keynes Council has been pleading with the Government to remove the cap allowing us to invest in much needed new council houses. We have sites to build nearly 600 new homes on and could start on them straight away if the Prime Minister is being straight with the Country. My fear is she may introduce constraints and therefore much needed council housing will be delayed or limited in some way. I want her to be clear and give us the thumbs up to build straight away.”
The Council has been building and acquiring 200 new council houses and is ready to build 600 more. But it needs the cap removed. Each time the local MPs have been asked to support removal of the cap they have refused.
Cllr Long, Cabinet member for Housing and regeneration added, “We are passionate about talking the housing crisis, caused by this Government, facing Milton Keynes. The local MPs have refused to back removal of the cap. Hopefully the Prime Minsters statement today is genuine and the cap will be lifted. If she is, we can start building right away.”
Labour led Milton Keynes recently submitted a bid to the Government for nearly 600 new council houses on identified sites across all of Milton Keynes. We just need Government approval to start borrowing to invest.
Cllr Marland concluded, “I am proud of the new council houses we have built since 2014. If we are allowed to borrow to invest and if the cap really is being removed we will finish the job we started and tackle the cities homelessness and housing crisis. But it comes down to whether the Prime Minister was genuine in her statement today. We will see.”