THIRTY planned new affordable homes in Fishguard should go to local people – and local people only.
That is the view of a Fishguard and Goodwick town councillor, who fears such homes could go to people from outside the area.
Commenting on Wales and the West Housing Association’s plans for the homes off Penwallis, Cllr Dennis Morris said: “My main concern is that these houses go to our families. There are a lot of young families in this area and a housing list as long as your arm.
“I know what I’m saying is controversial but we have people coming into north Pembrokeshire who are not from this area.
“Some may be from the other side of the country, never mind the other side of the county.”
He also raised concerns that some of the association’s other homes needed attention first.
Cllr Morris said: “This housing association also runs Fishguard’s Gwelfor and Danybryn estates, where homes need urgent attention – this proposal shouldn’t even be considered until they address those issues on those two estates.”
Wales & West Housing said the scheme will bring 30 “much-needed new affordable homes” and at a rent that “local low income families can afford”.
“In the past we have worked with Pembrokeshire council to allocate our properties according to the local lettings policy, which gives priority to residents with a connection to the Fishguard area, and would be happy to continue working in partnership with the local authority on this scheme,” a spokesperson added.
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