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Response to LeftishBrit (Reply #8)

Sat Apr 1, 2017, 05:30 AM

9. Lack of affordable housing is a major issue

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The trouble is what happens when people try and do something about it.

The government has ordered the council where I am to build some more houses. This immediately becomes a contentious issue as Labour want the new housing in Tory areas and the Tories want the new housing in Labour areas. The plan is published, with some glaring flaws in it and immediately provokes a campaign of full on NIMBY-ism from the locals. Added into this is a suspicion from some quarters that there is another level of smoke and mirrors here, as the council might want to give the locals a perceived victory on the more contentious aspects whilst keeping the main part of the plan in place. The issue is creating a growing NIMBY-ish streak in local politics, even overshadowing the proposals for fracking locally which I for one consider to be of greater importance.

The anti-housebuilding campaign is being egged on by the local Tories, who are clearly targeting my local ward with a horrendous careerist candidate who works as a bag-carrier to a Tory MP at Westminster. What's worse is that I would expect them to take the ward, and control of the county council with it as Labour are not competing with rival parties right now. Even when they have an incumbent councillor who's actually quite good.

And yes, I would also be worried about proposals for a unitary authority. The Tories in the areas outside of Oxford would surely dominate the council to an unhealthy degree.

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