Cllr Geoff Brown, Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet Member for Housing, was delighted that his motion to try and establish a low interest loan scheme aimed at assisting low income homeowners to tackle serious structural property repairs received huge cross party support when it was presented to Full Council this week.
Commenting afterwards Cllr Brown said,” Hopefully we will be able to develop a robust scheme which will support those low income homeowners in Cornwall who may be faced with major repair bills. The loss of any other government grant schemes has placed many residents in a very difficult position but the potential new scheme could go some way to ensuring public safety and protect the quality of the housing stock in Cornwall.”
In response to the motion cabinet member Cllr Mark Kaczmarek outlined the previous grants that were now unavailable and welcomed the initiative which he said would support the work currently being research by the housing team.
Cllr John Turner, who seconded the motion remarked,” It is particularly distressing for people who have fallen on hard times. A recent case involved a chimney which had suffered serious frost damage last winter and was in danger of collapse, leaving the building in a dangerous state. Access to loans to undertake such work will be much welcomed in such cases and will help people to stay in their homes and avoid becoming a burden on the council.”