Local Lib Dem Councillor Peter Bellarby has welcomed the completion of the new council housing at Stonehaven and Laurencekirk.
Councillor Bellarby said: “I am pleased to see tenants moving into their new homes. This goes a small way towards meeting the housing needs of the area and dealing with the large waiting list we have in Aberdeenshire.”
He spoke at the recent Scottish Liberal Democrat party conference in Inverness on Scotland’s housing crisis and the need for the Scottish Government to reverse the 30% cut it recently made to its housing budget.
Cllr Bellarby said: “Aberdeenshire is widely seen as prosperous, even affluent, but there are also many in desperate need of housing. More than 7000 people are on the housing list in Aberdeenshire. People sometimes approach me and expect that I can somehow wave some kind of magic wand and get them higher up the list. I can’t. We have a points system and we must stick to that.”
Cllr Bellarby said that the most pressing need was for social housing for rent. He said: “The Scottish Government must provide funds to help the Council and social landlords build more houses.”
David Fleming, who is standing with Peter Bellarby as a Lib Dem candidate in the council elections on May 3, added: “We need to get the waiting list down and address the very real problems that many people face in finding a suitable home.”