Cllr Sarah Osborne, Leader of the Lib Dem group at Lewes District Council has secured money at a recent meeting of Lewes District Council to fund a feasibility study into providing low cost affordable homes for local people on ‘easy access’ sites in the District. With modern materials and building techniques it is possible to ‘crane in’ self-contained modular homes that can be constructed in a very short timescale. These can be used for those in urgent need until more permanent solutions can be found. The study would look at where it would be feasible and uncontroversial to site these self-contained modular homes, that later can be removed or relocated once their use of the site has ended.
Cllr Sarah Osborne (who is also prospective County Council Candidate for Ouse Valley West) said: “There is no doubt that we are in the midst of a housing crisis, with more and more homeless families. At present we have to house them in bed and breakfasts outside the district, far from their place of work, schools, friends and family. So we need to be more imaginative and plan for other ways to provide both temporary and permanent accommodation. It is possible to provide quality homes at low cost. I hope that now that I have been promised the funds the administration gets on with the feasibility study so that we can house people decently close to where they need to be.”