Mayor's response to social housing problems called in
BAY councillors have criticised the mayor's response to a call for a crackdown on anti-social behaviour and poor 'bedsit' housing.
Cllrs Steve Darling, Julien Parrott, Ruth Pentney, Mark Pountney and Darren Cowell say Gordon Oliver's response is not robust or immediate enough to deal with the squalid conditions some residents are facing in private sector housing.
They have 'called in' his decision on recommendations to deal with the problem outlined in a lengthy report published last month.
The matter will go before the council's overview and scrutiny meeting on July 3.
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Cllr Cowell said: "We want to give the mayor the opportunity to explain his reasons as a matter of urgency."
The mayor has been given a report by the overview and scrutiny board on anti-social behaviour and the private rented housing sector.
Among the recommendations are that funding should be set aside in the budget setting process and that targeted enforcement should be taken on rogue landlords and anti-social behaviour offenders.
The report also recommends additional licensing requirements are imposed for houses in multiple occupation as a matter of urgency.
But mayor Oliver, although supportive of the scheme, said the measures would be considered as part of the 'overall prioritisation of the budget'.
The issues were taken to a private meeting of the senior leadership board on June 12 where members supported the actions identified in the report.
But the recommendations were made 'having regard to current and emerging budget pressures'.