"The precise figures aren't available but during the last lot of council new builds, it was reported by some of the new tenants that they were on the list because they lost out when bidding for private buys.
It isn't so easy to get a mortgage on a self-build given that quite often you have to buy the land first, etc. You basically need to be self-funding, which is fine if you have family willing to chip in.
Wrong re Housing figures. For starters, they've never made it clear whether they count each application or the individuals listed on each application, plus folk can choose more than one area; the detail is in their 'spin' (or lack of it) when they do press releases. Somebody already housed isn't necessarily up for a transfer or living in social housing but they are, nevertheless, on 'a list'.
You're forgetting to factor in for roads ... look at the cost of the last council new build.
Blooming heck, will ya wind ya neck in a tad with your totally off-the-wall assumptions! I DO live in a council abode. It's not bleeding snobbery, it's FACT. If you're up here repairing the airport runway for three months, you rent locally, you don't join the housing waiting list! And quite often, the same houses are rented to tourists as are rented out to others outside of the tourist season."
AND went on to say
"Stop receiving council services?!!!! Well for starters, out in the sticks we do NOT get the same services as in town; for example, we don't get the pavements swept."
If the number on the housing list concerns you enough just write and ask them how they arrive at their figures.
Thank you for the information on self-build. It is not a process that I have had any part in.
Yes, roads seem to be incredibly costly to build here. I remember applying for a job at one of the companies involved in this sort of thing and the starting pay was £40,000 for what is known locally as an muckle sphincter job.
You protest too much on the snobbery angle I fear. Everyones halo slips from time to time!
The majority should benefit. Minorities get far too much say in our society. Perhaps encourage people to put their litter in the bins, and the streets will need sweeping less. In the meantime sweep where people are most concentrated.