Homes for Heroes clarification

By on 19/11/2013 in Cllr Ali, Rebuttals

In response to the Homes for Heroes story in today’s Birmingham Mail: http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/former-lord-mayor-slams-city-6316654

A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: “Councillor Ali recently announced a deal with the MoD to provide around 60 Homes for Heroes in the city. The 12 homes built by the previous administration used funding from the Alderson Trust. There was no commitment to build homes at Loftus Close without the continued support of the Trust, and unfortunately they do not have the finances to do this.

“However, through the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust we are providing much-needed social housing for this area on that site. Regarding Homes for Heroes, there are other development sites across the city which could be used for more military personnel homes, with easy access to the QE hospital, so there is no reason for them to be restricted to a particular area.”

General info

The Council provided the land for the Alderson Trust to build 12 new properties at Merritts Hill in Bartley Green; these homes were completed last year.

The Alderson Trust provided the money to build the new homes.

19 new homes at Loftus Close are being built by the Council as new Council homes for families from the transfer list. Cllr Lines would like the site to be built out with new homes for ex armed forces personnel.

The reasons why the site at Loftus Close is not being built out with homes for ex forces personnel are -

  1. the Alderson Trust does not have the finances to build out the site at Loftus Close in Bartley Green;
  2. the Council has never given a commitment to build homes for ex service personnel on this site;
  3. Council has other development sites across the city which could be used for Homes for Heroes - there is no reason why homes for ex service personnel have to be built in Bartley Green;
  4. there are also other development sites in the south of the city, and other locations in the city have easy access to the QE via public transport;

The previous administration built 12 homes for service personnel in 8 years; the new leadership has done a deal to provide 58 new homes for the MOD within its first 12 months.

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