Scottish Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for North East Fife, Elizabeth Riches, has expressed concern over the continuing delay in the Ministry of Defence agreeing to let out empty MOD properties in Leuchars and Cupar.
Mrs Riches said, ‘Since the RAF left Leuchars, over 100 properties have been lying empty for over three years. As this issue has been continually raised, I was pleased to hear that the MOD are now considering whether these houses should be let out. With over 12,000 people on the waiting list in Fife, there is a shortage of housing, especially in North East Fife, but there seems to be a total lack of urgency on the part of the MOD in addressing this. The most recent communication from their estates simply says they are ‘considering options for dealing with this.’
She urged the MOD to work with Fife Council Housing services so that people seeking accommodation can be housed, adding, ‘I do appreciate that the MOD want to keep these houses available for MOD families in the longer term but surely this can still be achieved while allowing short to medium lets for individuals and families in need of somewhere to live. Leaving properties empty and deteriorating is in nobody’s interest, but releasing them for letting would help ensure they are properly maintained.'