St Just Town Council express fears affordable housing in the town may go to those outside after properties remain unfilled
THE MAYOR of St Just has questioned the affordable housing application process after new properties recently built in the town were not filled, despite there being more than 200 people on the waiting list.
At a town council meeting on Monday Kevin McFadden described the way residents had to "bid" for homes as "ludicrous" and said those who are not computer literate were at a disadvantage.
He said now, with the homes available for an allotted time and not all filled, there was a danger they would be opened up to prospective candidates outside of the St Just parish.
"The houses are for local people – there is a big need in St Just and Pendeen. We all know someone who wants a house. The system is totally wrong."
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Mr McFadden blamed the complicated application process as the reason the properties, which are owned by Sanctuary Housing, were not filled.
"It's too complicated," he said. "I cannot believe that they cannot find people to go in all the homes.
"It (bidding online) doesn't work for the ordinary person – it should be all done locally."
Earlier this year Cornwall Council gave planning approval for Sanctuary Housing to sell up to ten of the affordable homes on shared ownership terms, while the majority will be made available for rent.
At this week's meeting other councillors also voiced concerns about the situation, and it was agreed to send a letter to relevant parties outlining concerns.