‘It’s only a ghost town when you look up’: How Dumfries town centre could thrive through re-population
Dumfries town centre was once a major source of housing: now just one man lives on the high street. But community activists have a plan to change that.
IN 2016, ITV ran a piece on Dumfries, situated on the south-west of Scotland close to the border, titled “Dumfries ‘close to becoming a ghost town’”.
Jean Paterson: Bring homes into high streets to bring town centres back to life
Contributing to our special week of coverage on Scotland’s towns and places, CommonSpace reader Jean Paterson (name changed) says town centres can be revitalised by become a mixture of living space and business in the same area. Want to give your view? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Podcast: Fighting for housing rights in Ireland
Dublin has the most severe housing crisis in Europe
COMMONSPACE editor Ben Wray spoke to North Dublin Bay Community Crisis housing activist Aisling Heddermann about the housing crisis in Dublin and Ireland and how the housing movement there is trying to fight for housing rights. Dublin has the least affordable housing of any city in Europe, with rents over 50 per cent of income. Ben and Aisling discussed:
0.50: The nature of the housing and homelessness crisis in Dublin and Ireland, and why it is so severe.
The Rent Controls Scotland Needs
Common Weal and Living Rent have teamed up to call for the Scottish Government to introduce rent controls. The report published today shows that the Scottish Governments flagship “Rent Pressure Zones” are unworkable and calls for a new model of “proper rent controls”. Since the power to introduce Rent Pressure Zones came into effect in 2016 no local authority has successfully introduce one.
Timon Moss: Scotland has some catching up to do on community-led housing
Timon Moss, a housing researcher and planner, outlines his vision for a community-led housing model in Scotland, showing real-life examples from the rest of UK and further afield and highlighting legal impediments in Scotland to this model flourishing here
As new data shows @ScotGov running behind social housebuilding target, Shelter says its ‘promise must not be broken’
Housing Minister: “While we know this is an ambitious target, we have shown we can deliver on housing and we will continue to do so.”
HOMELESSNESS charity Shelter Scotland has warned the Scottish Government that it must not break its “promise to Scotland” of delivering 35,000 social houses between 2016-2021, as new data shows it has a long way to go to meet its target.
The statistics, published by the Scottish Government today [11 December] shows 5,340 social rented homes were delivered to September 2018, an increase of 19 per cent.