Dover MP Natalie Elphicke and Cllr Trevor Bartlett have welcomed Conservative Government funding for 24 newly built local homes to support homeless people. Conservative group leader, Cllr Trevor Bartlett hailed the funding award as “fantastic news” at the Dover District Council meeting held on 18/10/2023.
The MP has been campaigning in Parliament for funding to provide more housing for homeless people. The Poulton Close proposal was spearheaded by Conservative group leader Cllr Trevor Bartlett, who submitted the bid to Government in March 2023.The new Government funding for £480,000 from the Housing and Communities Department will mean 24 new homes will be built at Poulton’s Close in Dover for local homeless people.
Natalie Elphicke MP said:
“This will make a real difference to homeless people in the Dover District. These new homes will transform lives with increased stability and greater opportunity. Tackling local homelessness is close to my heart and I have worked hard to ensure that our community has received significant extra homelessness support funding to help those in greatest need, as well as this extra money for building new homes.
“Ending homelessness and housing homeless families in permanent homes really matters. That’s why I have drawn up the national Homemaker Plan – a cross party plan to build 100,000 new homes for people who are homeless and in temporary accommodation. We need to be more ambitious to build the homes we need. A stable home is the bedrock of better opportunities for all.”
Cabinet Office Minister, Alex Burghart MP, added, “This funding will unleash the much-needed redevelopment of brownfield sites: stimulating growth and helping local areas reach their full potential. It’s fantastic news for business, and even better news for local people who will now see new investment, job opportunities, and family homes in their communities.”
Conservative group leader, Cllr Trevor Bartlett said:
“I am proud to have presented this proposal to Government to house homeless families and re-use brownfield land in Dover. As the Conservative council leader, my council set up a programme to deliver 500 new council homes, cut homelessness, provide more interim housing and to support those fleeing the conflict in Ukraine. The Poulton Close site formed an important part of our plans. It’s fantastic news to see this funding from the Conservative Government. It’s another significant investment by the Government in our local community to support people in need and to provide new homes too.”