Council Housing, Southampton

Petition – in the House of Commons at 10:06 pm on 3rd April 1995.

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Photo of John Denham John Denham , Southampton, Itchen 10:06 pm, 3rd April 1995

I wish to present a petition signed by 1,000 council tenants in Southampton, which is headed by David and Rashin Bishop of 2 Kenilworth house. They are in their fourth year of waiting for a larger home for themselves and their three children. They cannot understand why they have to wait so long while the city council has £14 million from the sale of council houses, which cannot be used to build new homes.

The petition reads: To the Honourable Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled.The humble Petition of residents of Southampton sheweth that:Local authorities are prevented from using the money raised from the sale of council housing to build new homes.Wherefore your petitioners pray that your humble House will:Urge Her Majesty's Government to enable Southampton and other local councils to use capital receipts to build new homes, improve existing homes and create useful work.

To lie upon the Table.