Homeless families to be moved out of Harrow due to housing shortage

Cabinet member for housing Cllr Glen Hearnden in the Grange Farm Estate

Cabinet member for housing Cllr Glen Hearnden in the Grange Farm Estate

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  Up to 50 homeless families could be moved out of London because Harrow Borough Council can no longer afford to house them in temporary accommodation.

The council has announced it will be moving the families to more permanent homes in other parts of the country to save money.

It says it does not have enough stock to house people in the borough and keeping them in B&Bs costs the authority £1.4million a year.

Council cabinet member for housing Cllr Glen Hearnden said: “We just can’t afford to keep people in B&Bs and it just not suitable.

“We are facing big cuts over the coming years and we have to make plans how we can deal with people in emergency accommodation.

“It’s a horrible situation we are in at the moment but we have to do something. As a council we will do everything we can to help families find somewhere better suited and better than living in a B&B.

“We will be a sensitive as possible all the families we work with. The fact is, we have lost half our housing stock over the years due to government policies with people buying homes off us.”

The other part of the council’s plan is house people in empty council housing stock when it becomes available. It is estimated about 80 families will be part of this scheme.

Harrow Council has one of the smallest housing stocks in London, with fewer than 5,000 homes under authority control.

Cllr Hearnden added: “We do have plans for to build homes, but that takes time and we have to get processes in place now to help families who are made homeless.”

Earlier this year it was announced it would build 500 new homes including the total redevelopment of Grange Farm Estate on the border of South Harrow and Harrow-on-the-Hill, with the replacement of 240 ageing homes with 430 new properties.

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11:07pm Fri 1 Aug 14

surfnutt says...

Perhaps if we stopped housing refugees and asylum seekers then we would have had places for working people to rent
Perhaps if we stopped housing refugees and asylum seekers then we would have had places for working people to rent surfnutt
  • Score: 6

8:36am Sat 2 Aug 14

jayjoe says...

Because children fleeing for their lives from vile regimes should just live on the streets eh, Surfnutt? How callous can you get.
Because children fleeing for their lives from vile regimes should just live on the streets eh, Surfnutt? How callous can you get. jayjoe
  • Score: -9

10:50am Sat 2 Aug 14

SeaBee says...

jayjoe, most 'asylum seekers' are not fleeing vile regimes, they are seeking better lives and very few of them are children. Unfortunately they have a deleterious impact on the existing inhabitants of the UK so they are not welcomed here. The population of London is projected to grow to eleven million. Do you have any idea where we are going to find water supplies for them all?
jayjoe, most 'asylum seekers' are not fleeing vile regimes, they are seeking better lives and very few of them are children. Unfortunately they have a deleterious impact on the existing inhabitants of the UK so they are not welcomed here. The population of London is projected to grow to eleven million. Do you have any idea where we are going to find water supplies for them all? SeaBee
  • Score: 8

11:19am Sat 2 Aug 14

gusgreen says...

jayjoe wrote:
Because children fleeing for their lives from vile regimes should just live on the streets eh, Surfnutt? How callous can you get.
What a load of utter tripe!
As SeaBee says the population of London is set to grow to over 11000000 and there just no more room.
The population in this country rose by 400,000 last year with nearly 300,000 coming from immigration and their offspring no wonder we have a major problem with housing,education,tr
ansport,utilities and don't get me started on the International Health Service that the taxpayer pays for.
Shut the door,pull up the drawbridge and if immigrants do not have a place to live they can always go back - remember we didn't ask them to come so if they cannot stand on their own two feet GO!
[quote][p][bold]jayjoe[/bold] wrote: Because children fleeing for their lives from vile regimes should just live on the streets eh, Surfnutt? How callous can you get.[/p][/quote]What a load of utter tripe! As SeaBee says the population of London is set to grow to over 11000000 and there just no more room. The population in this country rose by 400,000 last year with nearly 300,000 coming from immigration and their offspring no wonder we have a major problem with housing,education,tr ansport,utilities and don't get me started on the International Health Service that the taxpayer pays for. Shut the door,pull up the drawbridge and if immigrants do not have a place to live they can always go back - remember we didn't ask them to come so if they cannot stand on their own two feet GO! gusgreen
  • Score: 2

4:30pm Sat 2 Aug 14

DJFearRoss says...

jayjoe wrote:
Because children fleeing for their lives from vile regimes should just live on the streets eh, Surfnutt? How callous can you get.
Statistically, the majority of Asylum Seekers in the UK come from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Pakistan, last time I checked was not war torn.

I actually have no problem with genuine Asylum Seekers, but if they pass through several safe countries to reach the UK, i.e France, then they're not really genuine.
[quote][p][bold]jayjoe[/bold] wrote: Because children fleeing for their lives from vile regimes should just live on the streets eh, Surfnutt? How callous can you get.[/p][/quote]Statistically, the majority of Asylum Seekers in the UK come from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Pakistan, last time I checked was not war torn. I actually have no problem with genuine Asylum Seekers, but if they pass through several safe countries to reach the UK, i.e France, then they're not really genuine. DJFearRoss
  • Score: 12

3:43am Tue 5 Aug 14

diligaf says...

DJ + Gusgreen ... here here never truer words spoken... close the doors were full!!!
DJ + Gusgreen ... here here never truer words spoken... close the doors were full!!! diligaf
  • Score: 1

2:05pm Tue 5 Aug 14

pip_123 says...

Immigrants to this country are also taxpayers...not all Immigrants are asylum seekers/refugees!!!
Immigrants to this country are also taxpayers...not all Immigrants are asylum seekers/refugees!!! pip_123
  • Score: -3

9:31pm Tue 5 Aug 14

steffielb says...

It would be nice to see that eye sore of a building site in the middle of harrow being developed to house low-income families instead of allowing it to sit there for years...!
It would be nice to see that eye sore of a building site in the middle of harrow being developed to house low-income families instead of allowing it to sit there for years...! steffielb
  • Score: 2

7:03pm Thu 7 Aug 14

concerned British citizen says...

Well we have to say Harrow council are a total disgrace and law unto themselves when it comes to helping British citizens struggling with homelessness in Harrow.
We have been left to rot in a small cramped single room for over a year by Harrow council who will not help us presumably out of spite for seeking help according to the law from Harrow Council.
As taxpayers for all our working life how can Harrow council get away with punishing homeless Harrow and British people for speaking up for themselves..??
So its worse than leaving people in temporary accomodation by Harrow council God help you if you ever need any help from Harrow Council because our experience is they are the most devious and corrupt bunch of people we have ever come across.

John and Linda and family - Homeless in Harrow for over a year on a low income without any help according to the law from Harrow council whatsoever except deliberate and vindictive hindrance.
Well we have to say Harrow council are a total disgrace and law unto themselves when it comes to helping British citizens struggling with homelessness in Harrow. We have been left to rot in a small cramped single room for over a year by Harrow council who will not help us presumably out of spite for seeking help according to the law from Harrow Council. As taxpayers for all our working life how can Harrow council get away with punishing homeless Harrow and British people for speaking up for themselves..?? So its worse than leaving people in temporary accomodation by Harrow council God help you if you ever need any help from Harrow Council because our experience is they are the most devious and corrupt bunch of people we have ever come across. John and Linda and family - Homeless in Harrow for over a year on a low income without any help according to the law from Harrow council whatsoever except deliberate and vindictive hindrance. concerned British citizen
  • Score: 7

8:18am Fri 8 Aug 14

Anthony Harrow says...

Fill in the Tunnel! and Electrify all Lorries and Vans
Fill in the Tunnel! and Electrify all Lorries and Vans Anthony Harrow
  • Score: 0

8:19am Fri 8 Aug 14

Anthony Harrow says...

VOTE UKIP
VOTE UKIP Anthony Harrow
  • Score: -1

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