Decision to sell off Islwyn headquarters land to developers slammed by Plaid Cymru

06/10/2017

Plaid Cymru politicians have attacked plans by Labour-run Caerphilly council to sell off land for executive homes rather than building social housing for needy people themselves.

Islwyn-based Steffan Lewis, South Wales East AM and Councillor Lindsay Whittle, a former leader of the authority, say the decision to demolish  Pontllanfraith House, Pontllanfraith, and then sell the land to developers is shortsighted when thousands of people are waiting for a council home.

Steffan Lewis said: “The local authority has decided to allow the building of primarily executive housing and this is in an area where 5,000 people are waiting on social housing lists. What we need in this area is council housing, affordable housing for local people.

 “The council has got its priorities wrong in the absence of a real plan for our communities.  Instead, executive homes are being built. The shambles of the housing crisis in Caerphilly has got to stop.”

Lindsay Whittle said: “I support the view of Steffan Lewis and question why Labour is spending around £600,000 to demolish its own building and carry out site investigation costs, before selling the land to developers. The land on has not changed since Pontllanfraith House was put up 40 years ago so I can't see why the authority is paying for site investigation costs.

 “This is a total waste of council tax-payers’ money . We could get much more benefit out of this site. It should be used for the benefit of local people, not for developers to make a quick buck.”