Prospective MP Jackie Porter has asked the Conservative-run City Council to thing again about how get affordable housing from the Silver Hill development. The Liberal Democrats forced the Conservative council bosses to discuss the issue again at a meeting on Wednesday 6th August. Jackie used this opportunity to speak up for affordable housing and call on the council to work with local affordable housing provider St. John's Charity.
Jackie said: "Today's proposal by the Conservative run council puts the developer back in the driving seat on the likely income for affordable housing. The Council tell us that the car park and toilets have cut the profit to a point where its unviable to provide social housing- but I don't think Hendersons or the Tory Cabinet at the Council have explored the opportunities to work with St John's Charity right on their doorstep.
"I have been thinking laterally- which is what the two sides need to do. As a local representative who has seen the development of Winchester through three decades, I know we need to concentrate on the benefits to the people of Winchester-and secure these sums for affordable housing right from the start.''