Persistent rumours about new homes being built in South East Cornwall to provide social housing for tenants from elsewhere in the country have been dismissed.
The rumours surfaced again last week, with local people in Dobwalls concerned that 64 homes in a new development had been bought by the city council in Leeds.
But Leeds City Council spokesman Stuart Robinson told the Cornish Times: ‘I’ve checked with our asset management, housing and land and property teams and, as we suspected, none of them have been involved in buying any property in your part of the world.’
Looe Cornwall Councillor Edwina Hannaford, the portfolio holder for neighbourhoods, has been scathing about the rumours.
She said: ‘This old chestnut has been doing the rounds for years and I’ve never seen any evidence to support it. These allegations are not only wholly without foundation but lack any common sense. Cornwall has one of the best track records in the country of delivering affordable housing to serve the needs of local people.’
There’s more on this in the current print edition of the Cornish Times, on sale now.