Liverpool Labour councillors vetoed £1 house plan in September, before blaze of glory launch this week
LIVERPOOL council has been inundated with interest from across the world about its plan to sell derelict homes for a £1.
But it might not have happened as Labour councillors vetoed the idea when it was put forward by the Liberal Party in September.
Liberal leader Steve Radford has been in touch to point out that his suggestion that the council look into the £1 model pioneered in Stoke be examined, was rejected.
In fact his motion was amended and changed to state: "However, this council also notes that implementing this policy in Liverpool may be challenging, since Liverpool City Council no longer owns any properties which are not already identified in programmes for development or renovation.
"Council places on record its support for the Mayor's Housing pledge, to deliver 5,000 new homes in the city and bring back into use over 1,000 more empty properties, and recognises the challenges faced by the Council in delivering that pledge in difficult economic times especially as Government are withdrawing grant funding for new development.
"Council would like to congratulate the Mayor and the Cabinet Member for Housing for the wide ranging work they have done, and continue to do, in finding innovative and imaginative ways to support new housing development, homesteading and the creation of new, sustainable communities."
The amendment, put forward by cabinet member for housing Ann O'Byrne, was approved with 68 votes in favour and three against.
To be fair to Liverpool council it had already awarded a tender to a developer for the properties it is now intending to sell for a £1 each. The £25m tender was pulled a few weeks later after the company failed to meet deadlines for signing the contract.
But there was no quid pro quo for Cllr Radford when the plan was announced this week.
Now he wants to know if his idea was nicked by the Labour administration, a penny for your thoughts, or should that be a pound?