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Is Coun Dave Merrett aware that there are already a large number of affordable homes in York (The Press, October 14)? The problem is that many are owned by landlords who rent them to students.
Areas such as Fishergate, South Bank, Badger Hill and Hull Road have far more ‘To Let’ than ‘For Sale’ signs.
These are exactly the sort of properties which should be available to those desperate to buy their own home.
This is where to start to solve the housing crisis in York, and indeed many other cities, not simply by building more houses.
John Bullock, Eastward Avenue, York.
• WITH reference to article “New student housing controls” (The Press, October 11), I have every sympathy with the residents of Osbaldwick, as there is also quite a number of student lets in the Broadway and Heslington area.
Before the new campus was started, the powers that be at the university and the council should have seen this was going to happen. Unfortunately you cannot shut the stable door after the horse has bolted, but perhaps it can be caught and not allowed to escape again. Mrs M Robinson, Broadway, York.
• AS A resident of the City of York and a councillor for Skelton, Rawcliffe and Clifton Without ward, I am concerned about the lack of serious local debate on the homes we need in our community when there’s clearly a big problem.
Many are finding it really hard to save enough money to get on the housing ladder, or are struggling with increasing rents while salaries are not rising. If things don’t change, young people in York won’t be able to move out of home, or will have to move to another part of the country.
We all need to be prepared to join in the local debate with our councillors and others to tackle this problem, and think about how we can get the right homes in the right places at prices that are affordable for everybody in York.
But our community leaders can only act if more local people speak up and tell them things must change. There’s a local campaign the community can join, called Yes to Homes, that will show people how we can make them listen. You can join the debate at yestohomes.co.uk
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