Housing

The lack of affordable housing has reached crisis proportions in Hammersmith and I am committed along with my party to providing homes that are accessible to all.

I will also continue to fight for local people who have been left high and dry by big developments such as the Earl’s Court regeneration project as well as promote public facilities such as local post office branches.

We must ensure that new developments don’t squeeze out existing residents, like the Earl’s Court project is threatening to do to people living at the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates. I will continue to fight so that residents are guaranteed to be rehoused after their homes are bulldozed and are not forced out of the borough because they cannot afford new luxury flats.

One of the reasons that Hammersmith is such a great place to live is because it has all generations from young to old. Young people, however, who would love to make their home here, have no chance of getting on the housing ladder or affording the ever escalating rents. We need a major rethink of how we plan for and organise our living spaces.

The Liberal Democrats also want to radically reform the private rented sector to make it cheaper, safer and more secure to live in. We are committed to lettings fees being banned for tenants and for stronger measures to tackle rogue landlords, while also tackling the rise in homelessness which is now soaring at a worrying pace.

Here in Hammersmith, I will continue to press to retain important public spaces and facilities. I started an online petition to demand that a local post office in Shepherd’s Bush not be closed and moved to Westfield Shopping Centre, which is very inaccessible to many people.