15 May 2024

Commenting on updated plans to retain 14 houses as part of the Ekin Road redevelopment, Lib Dem Housing Spokesperson Cllr Anthony Martinelli commented:

"Labour's chaotic approach to Ekin Road has been a textbook example of mismanaging a redevelopment. The planning and communication has been a complete shambles since the scheme was first proposed and residents have clearly been left upset and angry. Whilst work is clearly needed to address the fact that some houses on Ekin Road - like many owned by the council - are suffering with significant damp and mould issues, it is important that executive councillors engage with the concerns that have been raised throughout this process.

"The redevelopment strategy has been changed several times, mostly behind closed doors as Labour's ruling group have sought to avoid scrutiny of their decision making. This is a taste of what the city has to look forward to if Labour get their way and abolish the Housing Scrutiny Committee and its tenant representatives from next year.”

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