Council needs family homes
NOTTINGHAM City Council has always admitted that it needs more family-sized housing, writes Delia Monk.
Most councillors would agree they have been confronted by many people who are living in overcrowded homes.
Only last month the Post reported the case of Shaquit Ali and his wife, who live with their five children in a two-bedroom house in Coleby Avenue, Lenton.
They have been on the waiting list for about eight years and are not the only ones.
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The council has proposed establishing "student quarters" in city apartment blocks to free Lenton houses for families.
And it is planning to demolish 900 council houses, many of which are one and two-bedroom flats. It is building 350 new bungalows and family-sized houses in their place.
The "bedroom tax" could encourage people to downsize, but it is not as easy as it sounds. They will have to join waiting lists for smaller houses and flats, and with 900 fewer of these now available, the waiting list for smaller houses is set to grow.