Conservative homebuilding U-turn announced

Conservatives on Suffolk County Council have announced they are withdrawing from the joint body responsible for building homes in West Suffolk after it was confirmed that the council did not have the skills needed to undertake the task.

Three years after putting £250,000 into Barley Homes the council have admitted defeat as it has been unable to secure planning permission for even one home.

Cllr Peter Gardiner said; “The council were warned from the outset that this venture was going to fail, but they refused to listen. Time and again opposition members told the council they needed expert advice and time and again we were ignored. Finally sense has been seen and although the initial financial outlay should be recovered the cost of county council employees time will never be recovered. This is another example of a vanity project by this administration that has come to nothing.”

The Cabinet will agree the decision at a meeting on Tuesday 11th September.

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