Last week it was drawn to my attention that the number of people currently on the Elmbridge BC housing waiting list had fallen below 1,500.
Last year, when the question of the Wootton development was a live issue the waiting list stood at 1,700, with on average 300 homes becoming available in any one year.
There are no grounds for complacency about these numbers. Elmbridge is still a difficult place to find somewhere to live if you are on a limited income. But at least the figures are moving in the right direction, and I would like to think that the fact that 185 new affordable homes were delivered in the financial year 2010-2011 – a significant increase on recent years – has made a positive contribution to getting the numbers on the waiting list down.