Addressing the council meeting on Tuesday night (2nd December) Councillor K Quinn said that the council is dedicated to building affordable homes which will be "100%" for Tamesiders. In an obvious reference to comments made on local Blogs the council leader, in his keynote address, said they would continue to dispose of "their" land as they saw fit in pursuit of this aim. Presumably this means more free land for local social housing companies.
We wonder what "100%" for Tamesiders means? It is the landlord who lets the property. Is he admitting that he has control or influence over local landlords. Some local social landlords have close links with housing in Oldham. Can he guarantee a "Tameside for Tamesiders" policy will be enforceable?
Talking of local social landlords, a motion was considered in the name of Cllr J Fitzpatrick regarding tax avoidance by major companies, listing Google, Starbucks and Vodaphone. No mention of local housing company and registered charity New Charter Homes which is able to avoid paying council tax on it's vacant property for a period of time by virtue of being a charity. Odd omission!