Parish councillors have hit out at a housing association after three affordable homes in Moulton were left empty for more than 18 months.
Moulton Parish Council invited villagers to a meeting on Monday to discuss issues surrounding social housing in the village, including two properties in The Street and one in Church Road.
Chairman Bill Rampling said it was “ridiculous” that the three homes, owned by Flagship Housing, had been left unoccupied for nearly two years.
Bill Rampling, chairman of Moulton Parish Council, said: “We want to keep a mixed community in Moulton. There should be an opportunity for people, who can’t afford to buy, to rent in Moulton.
“Housing associations have a responsibility to the community, in all areas. We’re constantly told about this shortage of housing everywhere - we’ve got three houses sat empty and we think this is ridiculous.
“Flagship told us in March they would sort the houses out and it hasn’t happened. They might need a bit of work, but they are good, solid houses.”
David Wood, Flagship Housing’s interim director for asset management, said the Church Road property would be sold, while the two homes in The Street would be refurbished and let “to people in housing need”.
He said work was expected to start before Christmas and last three to four months, but added that, until prepatory work was carried out, they would not know when the work would be finished.
“These buildings are very old and present a number of challenges,” he said.
“While we are keen to get them back into use, it is important that we respect the integrity of the building and that any works are completed in a sympathetic way.
“On completion of the refurbishment works, these homes are to be placed back into our housing stock for letting to people in housing need.
“People interested in these properties should make contact with Forest Heath District Council in the first instance.”
He added: “We would be delighted to consider any potential redevelopment schemes within the district, and Moulton itself, were they available now, or in the future, subject to there being sufficient demand for the properties.”