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Support for 'homes for locals' bid

By West Briton  |  Posted: May 29, 2014

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HUNDREDS of people have given their backing to calls to remove anyone who does not live in Cornwall from the housing waiting list.

Last week Cornwall councillor Scott Mann suggested at a full council meeting that up to 9,000 names should be removed from the council's waiting list for social housing as they do not currently live in the county.

The suggestion has not been taken forward by the council but Tory councillor Mr Mann says he would like to see more work done on it.

On the West Briton Facebook page more than 18,000 people read about the story and almost 150 commented on it with a large majority agreeing with Mr Mann.

Dan West wrote: "Absolutely! Council housing is scarce as it is. Emmets don't deserve housing when they aren't even native to the county."

Kate Rebecca Shaw wrote: "Completely agree, I was born, bred and educated in Cornwall. Priority should lie with local families with ties to the area that are in need."

Jessica Dunn said: "I think that people who currently live and work in Cornwall should be priority regardless of whether they are Cornish or not but they should not be prioritising people who live out of Cornwall – there is not enough housing as there is."

However, Emma Latus highlighted a problem that councillors have also raised: "What if you are Cornish and had to move away to complete training that couldn't be completed here. Is it fair to say that person can't return?"

Chris Cleator wrote: "I agree that people who are already living in Cornwall deserve priority, after all they are the ones forming communities, paying taxes and contributing to the economy."

John Conway said: "Well done Scott, local homes for local people."

Kelly Thomas wrote: "Couldn't agree more, house the local families before taking in others and housing them. Look after our own before others – good on him for speaking out, families like ours need a voice like him."

Emma Harris, who stated she was writing on behalf of a friend, said: "NO! Cornish Armed Services personnel would not be allowed on the Homechoice register if he had his way – nor students at college elsewhere – nor those who'd moved away but maybe needed to move back for family or friends' support."

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  • rickoon  |  May 31 2014, 7:30PM

    "Emmets don't deserve housing when they aren't even native to the county."………. This could work both ways if Cornwall set the precedent, those leaving Cornwall may not "deserve housing" if "they aren't even native to the county."

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  • Heronsound  |  May 29 2014, 7:46PM

    Someone talking sense on Cornwall Council, excuse me while I go and lay down Im in shock. Well done Scott Mann. UKIP have been saying this for ages but if it had been their motion it would have been shot down by the LibDems and Independents !

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