Posted on September 23, 2008. Filed under: Housing News |

At the full council meeting held on Tuesday 9th September, the Lord Mayor presented cabinet member for housing, councillor John Lines, with two awards for housing projects in Birmingham.

Lines received the awards and then turned, faced the assembled members with arms aloft, as if showing the F. A. Cup at Wembly, to rapturous cheers from Tory and Lib Dem back-benchers and a cry of “That’s Justice”.

Err, well no. It’s not Justice at all. In fact it’s total hypocrisy.

The awards were for the redevelopments at Ley Hill and Turves Green.

Both redevelopment schemes started years before the present Tory/Lib Dem administration took charge of the council. It was a Labour Party administration, an administration that had the vision to SELL LAND TO THE HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE, that helped to devise the schemes which saw new homes for social rent being built.

The truth is that if John Lines was in charge of the housing department at the time the future of either Ley Hill or Turves green were being discussed there wouldn’t have been any new development. Instead the council would have tried to refurbish as much as possible, as they have done else where in the city, and any land made available through partial demolition would have been sold on the open market and of course that means to the developers and therefore no new homes for social rent.


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