18th Oct, 2017

Lack of affordable homes biggest concern for Kenilworth residents

Leamington Editorial 14th Nov, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

LACK of affordable homes is the biggest concern for residents in Kenilworth.

Research carried out by local Liberal Democrats saw surveys sent to hundreds of homes, and volunteers also out knocking on doors.

Residents were asked to complete a survey on a range of subjects, including crime, council services, traffic and transport, and the local environment. They were asked what they liked most and least about living in Kenilworth.

Top of the list of concerns received was the need for more affordable homes – with nine out of ten worried there were not enough homes within the budgets of many younger people.

Concerns were also raised about the provision of services for children and young people, public transport and road safety.

The survey found townspeople were preparing to take to the rails when the new train station opens in just over a year – with seven out of ten saying they would use the station.

Most residents said they felt Kenilworth was a safe place to live.

And they did not think litter or dog mess was a major problem, and were also relatively satisfied the council was doing enough to keep grass verges and trees neat and tidy.

“The good news from the survey responses is that what people value most about living in Kenilworth is the sense of friendly community, as well as the good schools and the relatively easy access to shops,” said Richard Dickson, from the Liberal Democrat team.

“However, there is very strong feeling about affordable housing and, given the current plans to invest in more houses and local facilities in the town, we’ll be campaigning hard to make sure that provision of affordable homes for younger people and services for children and young people get top priority.”

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