100 Years of Council Housing

Local people with the Mayor at the Spring Boroughs Festival.

The huge development of post war social housing, council houses, was billed as homes fit for heroes.

I lived in one of those in the 60s, on the giant council estate that is Dagenham, in Essex. All the houses were solidly built, to very high standards, with gardens back and front.

In the 60s and 70s Council Housing had a bit of a dip with lower standards, high rise flat estates,-lots of mistakes made in terms of design and quality.

It is pleasing that in Northampton, at least, with new properties built and developed by NPH, we are seeing a return of high standards and good design. I am thrilled with the new properties in my ward- Castle. Spring Boroughs is a joy these days, with yet more high quality new build being promised.

However, we have a housing crisis with not enough social housing to meet current need. With nearly 4000 people on the waiting list, nearly 400 children living in temporary accommodation and many young people sofa surfing, life is grim for too many people. We need a huge expansion in council house stock and we need to stop the Right to Buy.

Cllr.Danielle Stone, Labour, Castle Ward

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