WITH respect to second-home discounts on council tax, the Green Party is totally opposed. In fact our policy states: ‘Disincentives to the speculative ownership of housing will be introduced, including higher rates of council tax for unoccupied properties and second homes.’ (This would not, of course, apply to properties empty for a few months and being actively renovated or marketed).
We need to optimise the use of existing housing so that everyone can have a decent place to live without building on too many green field sites. This includes, for example, using rooms above shops as flats, and discouraging the practice of owning ‘second homes’.
Cllr Dilys Cluer