Lack of Housing in Hemel Hempstead
I am sure everyone is aware of the shortage of good and affordable housing for local people in Hemel Hempstead. I have had personal experience of several tragic examples of young couples and homeless people not having found an affordable place to live.
I believe that the Dacorum Council town planning policies are significantly contributing to these hardships.
Am I alone in thinking that the money spent on the Town centre and Water Gardens seems to be a waste of money with no obvious improvement.
Also the council is developing office space and a retail park in Maylands Avenue where there is already empty office space and empty retail sites. This land should be used to build affordable and comfortable housing for young families Space used for shops lying empty should be converted into housing.
This would provide more than enough supply and remove the need to build on the Potten End and Marchmont Farm green field sites. These green field sites should be protected by becoming nature reserves or animal sanctuaries The councils mania for creating commercial sites instead of housing is depriving people the chance to get a decent place to live. It must be reversed by voting in Ukip councillors who will follow the policies.
Contribution by James Fraggatt, Branch Committee