'People feel Castlefield used as housing dumping ground'

Bucks Free Press: 'People feel Castlefield used as housing dumping ground' 'People feel Castlefield used as housing dumping ground'

CASTLEFIELD is being used as a 'dumping ground' for people needing temporary housing, Labour councillors claim.

A Wycombe Labour petition, asking council chiefs to reconsider using the Star blocks building, has attracted over 500 signatures.

The party says it has found evidence that the run down building is being used as temporary accommodation already. Councillors said this ran contrary to what has been said by housing chief Cllr David Carroll.

Wycombe District Council has confirmed to the BFP that five units are being used.

Labour said the building is not up to scratch, with problems including poor ventilation, mould growing on walls and curtains.

Star blocks, which was taken on by housing association Red Kite last year, is earmarked for demolition with new housing to be built around 2016.

Ward Cllr Rachel Knight organised a petition against using the building for temporary accommodation. It has gained over 500 names.

The Labour Councillor said: “It shows the strength of feeling within the community.

“Already, lots of people feel Castlefield is being used as a dumping ground by the council and we don't think this is the solution.”

Wycombe District Council spokesman Sue Robinson said: “We currently have five units at the Star blocks that are used as temporary accommodation with the first of these housed on April 30.

“These are part of the fifty floating units we agreed with Red Kite at transfer.

“Three of the homeless households are families with one or more adults in employment and should certainly not be viewed as either vulnerable or a burden to the area as has been implied.”

Council homes were sold to Red Kite last year.

Mrs Robinson said:“At the moment we are not using any more units than were specified in the agreement.

“The location of these was always to be agreed between the parties and the agreement did not specify any sites that could not be used. The property is required to meet the fit to let standard.

“Red Kite provides temporary accommodation for households that are referred from the council and to whom we have a rehousing duty.

“The council has sought to be entirely open and transparent about how we are addressing the challenge of increasing homelessness.”

She added: “The council would never tolerate the use of any substandard temporary accommodation.”

The council is reviewing its homelessness strategy.

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9:39am Tue 2 Oct 12

Mozez says...

Quick correction needed, this article is detailing concerns raised about Micklefield rather than Castlefield.
Starblocks is juts off St Hughes Avenue in Micklefield.

Further exploring does need to be done around why so many would feel that the ward is a dumping ground..
I would be interested in exploring this and establishing a working ward group to address this problem...
Quick correction needed, this article is detailing concerns raised about Micklefield rather than Castlefield. Starblocks is juts off St Hughes Avenue in Micklefield. Further exploring does need to be done around why so many would feel that the ward is a dumping ground.. I would be interested in exploring this and establishing a working ward group to address this problem... Mozez

10:18am Tue 2 Oct 12

Micklefield Matt says...

This article is about Castlefield which also has star blocks.

As the ward councillor for Micklefield I am aware there are similar issues here too. Any residents who are concerned about the impact of temporary housing in Micklefield are welcome to get in touch.

matt_knight@wycombe.
gov.uk
This article is about Castlefield which also has star blocks. As the ward councillor for Micklefield I am aware there are similar issues here too. Any residents who are concerned about the impact of temporary housing in Micklefield are welcome to get in touch. matt_knight@wycombe. gov.uk Micklefield Matt

1:08pm Tue 2 Oct 12

ImpeturbableLawrence says...

James Nadal could do worse than clear up terminology regarding 'Star blocks' - are there two lots in HW - in Micklefield and Castlefield?
James Nadal could do worse than clear up terminology regarding 'Star blocks' - are there two lots in HW - in Micklefield and Castlefield? ImpeturbableLawrence

1:37pm Tue 2 Oct 12

J B Blackett says...

ImpeturbableLawrence wrote:
James Nadal could do worse than clear up terminology regarding 'Star blocks' - are there two lots in HW - in Micklefield and Castlefield?
What are you asking for ? Precise and accurate reporting ? In a newspaper ? The publicly-revered source of all truth and justice ?
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Here's the money and Olympic medal I think I promised you (see attached to this article). Enjoy.
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PS I thought Star Buildings were being used by Big Brother.
[quote][p][bold]ImpeturbableLawrence[/bold] wrote: James Nadal could do worse than clear up terminology regarding 'Star blocks' - are there two lots in HW - in Micklefield and Castlefield?[/p][/quote]What are you asking for ? Precise and accurate reporting ? In a newspaper ? The publicly-revered source of all truth and justice ? . Here's the money and Olympic medal I think I promised you (see attached to this article). Enjoy. . PS I thought Star Buildings were being used by Big Brother. J B Blackett

5:50pm Tue 2 Oct 12

Judge 2 says...

The Labour leader is saying we are on the verge of a housing crisis and then her party oppose plans to provide temporary accommodation for people who have no where to go. Can someone please explain how that works? I’m not a politician and don’t have any plans to take it up!

It’s not clear what the basis for the concerns are.
The Labour leader is saying we are on the verge of a housing crisis and then her party oppose plans to provide temporary accommodation for people who have no where to go. Can someone please explain how that works? I’m not a politician and don’t have any plans to take it up! It’s not clear what the basis for the concerns are. Judge 2

8:42pm Tue 2 Oct 12

Barbara B says...

ImpeturbableLawrence wrote:
James Nadal could do worse than clear up terminology regarding 'Star blocks' - are there two lots in HW - in Micklefield and Castlefield?
Star blocks is the term used because from the air looking down you see the shape of a star because of the way the blocks of flats are laid out! There are star blocks in Micklefield and Castlefield.
[quote][p][bold]ImpeturbableLawrence[/bold] wrote: James Nadal could do worse than clear up terminology regarding 'Star blocks' - are there two lots in HW - in Micklefield and Castlefield?[/p][/quote]Star blocks is the term used because from the air looking down you see the shape of a star because of the way the blocks of flats are laid out! There are star blocks in Micklefield and Castlefield. Barbara B

8:49pm Tue 2 Oct 12

Barbara B says...

Judge 2 wrote:
The Labour leader is saying we are on the verge of a housing crisis and then her party oppose plans to provide temporary accommodation for people who have no where to go. Can someone please explain how that works? I’m not a politician and don’t have any plans to take it up!

It’s not clear what the basis for the concerns are.
I must admit to being slightly confused too. The Labour leader has reported the parties dismay at the homeless situation in the district and labour councillors are getting petitions signed against where the homeless are being housed whilst their applications for housing are being assessed. What exactly is the issue. The Castlefield star blocks are ear marked for redevelopment. As a property becomes vacant should they be boarded up? Should they provide temporary accommodation for those in need? Or should they be allocated to families on a permanent basis only to be told that they will have to move out in 2016? Is it a case for labour that they want the homeless crisis sorted so long as it is not in one of their wards?
[quote][p][bold]Judge 2[/bold] wrote: The Labour leader is saying we are on the verge of a housing crisis and then her party oppose plans to provide temporary accommodation for people who have no where to go. Can someone please explain how that works? I’m not a politician and don’t have any plans to take it up! It’s not clear what the basis for the concerns are.[/p][/quote]I must admit to being slightly confused too. The Labour leader has reported the parties dismay at the homeless situation in the district and labour councillors are getting petitions signed against where the homeless are being housed whilst their applications for housing are being assessed. What exactly is the issue. The Castlefield star blocks are ear marked for redevelopment. As a property becomes vacant should they be boarded up? Should they provide temporary accommodation for those in need? Or should they be allocated to families on a permanent basis only to be told that they will have to move out in 2016? Is it a case for labour that they want the homeless crisis sorted so long as it is not in one of their wards? Barbara B

10:51pm Tue 2 Oct 12

Spartacus the Radiator says...

I think the presence of ivor living in Castlefield must make a lot of people depressed and want to give up on their surroundings.
I think the presence of ivor living in Castlefield must make a lot of people depressed and want to give up on their surroundings. Spartacus the Radiator

5:28am Wed 3 Oct 12

sidthesexist says...

Castlefield has been used as a dumping ground for decades, and yet Labour has only just realised this....
Castlefield has been used as a dumping ground for decades, and yet Labour has only just realised this.... sidthesexist

11:55am Wed 3 Oct 12

Judge 2 says...

It's the blind leading the blind. I was approached to sign this petition and it was the councillors asking people to sign this as in their opinion it was bad, so councillor instigated not resident led and to a certain extent most residents signed it without out knowing what they were signing! Where were the councillors when the decision was made? If there were concerns they should have been raised then. It's a matter of cart before the horse!
It's the blind leading the blind. I was approached to sign this petition and it was the councillors asking people to sign this as in their opinion it was bad, so councillor instigated not resident led and to a certain extent most residents signed it without out knowing what they were signing! Where were the councillors when the decision was made? If there were concerns they should have been raised then. It's a matter of cart before the horse! Judge 2
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