Hundreds of people living in council homes or housing association homes are living in cramped and over-crowded conditions.
Of the 6,800 tenants in Kingston, 377 are in need of a larger home for their families, it has been revealed.I’m ‘in need’ of a larger house. I just can’t afford one. Maybe I should get someone else to pay for it? It seems to be all the rage…
Rachel Coleman lives in a small one-bedroom flat in Willingham Way, Kingston, with her partner and two young children, Sophie Fox, three, and Frankie-Lee Fox, four.
She said: “My son has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and it is hard with all his moods in such a small space. There is nowhere I can put him to calm down. It is hard to discipline him.
“We are all in one room and me and my partner get no privacy.
“I have been asking for a bigger place since my son was born.”Why was your son born, then? You didn’t have the room for the child you had, never mind another!
Laurie South, Labour’s unsuccessful Grove ward by-election candidate, said: “The frustration is nobody is doing anything in Kingston – the council can even put people into private landlord housing. I think it is appalling.
Really at the moment the council have no plan set about for housing.”There’s a lot of that going around, Laurie. It seems your constituents have no plan for how they are going to cope with more children, either….