Once again, we have a politician (and perhaps other well meaning people) who are not in touch with reality.
In my small neck of the woods, and I possibly suspect elsewhere, there are many projects that have been 'placed on the shelf' through lack of finance or government (local and national)final support or endeavour.Yet at the same, projects that are not wanted by the public are perhaps being given high encouragement from government sectors, and at the same time, projects that are essential for the community are being totally neglected, usually with the 'no funding available' all to often response.
Our local town centre is becoming a ghost area, with closures, forced or otherwise. Yet at the same time the council seem to provide 'encouraging' news as to what should or could be, if all people 'pulled together'.
At present there are advanced talks about an 'eco-town' being planned and earmarked not far from my location. There as been a vast amount of confusing facts being issued by all parties, especially those in favour of this new venture. Many people are against this venture due to the ever increasing forced issues being issued by government and the commercial markets. As it is an eco-venture, there are many 'experts' involved, and at this present time. Not one of these bodies, have provided a convincing debate.
On the subject of empty houses and properties, a number of years ago when Prescott was deputy prime minister, a country-wide 'Stay-Put' scheme was introduced. The intentions of the scheme, was to provide grants and assistance to people, who wanted to upgrade their properties to an habitable condition, hence the term 'Stay-Put'. The scheme came reliant on local government and council's on how each area administered the scheme. As usual, it all became a shambolic affair, and many people eventually had to get in further debt or leave their property, with some returning to the rented market options.
I spent many a long night and day, in trying to help others with this good intention scheme, but in the end it all came down to available finance and the actual willingness of local and national government. Perhaps more talk talk than actually doing the intended saviour!.
Phew that took some saying ;o))