Anger over shipping containers used to ease housing shortage

Luke Hanrahan

Former Reporter, ITV News London

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Shipping containers stacked on top of each other which when finished could provide the answer to Ealing's emergency housing shortage. Temporary homes for those most in need.

Currently the council has a huge shortage of suitable space and sees these steel well insulated boxes as a cheaper more homely alternative.

When we put people in bed and breakfast we don't get the full cost back from the government. So we are subsidising to the tune of about £7million-a-year. So it's a much, much cheaper way to deal with this problem. And the actually living arrangements are much better for people than bed and breakfast.

Mark Wiltshire, Director of Safe Communities and housing at Ealing Council

These homes will be ready to move into next month replacing what was here before - disused garages. For Janis Hawkins though they are an eyesore at the end of her back yard.

My biggest worry is proximity. I feel it's too big and too close. I'm not against housing and I understand the need for it and I fully support it.

Janis Hawkins, resident

The council sees this space as home to around 80 people in desperate need of somewhere to live.

Our vision for this site is a site with playground areas, bikes, sheds, communities. There is much more to this than appears today.

Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council

A project which began in october and finishes next month - one of three temporary developments the council hopes will help to relieve pressure on a system struggling to provide emergency homes.