For too long now, many St Albans families and friendships have been torn apart due to skyrocketing house prices here in the district.
Young professionals... children of families who have lived here all their lives... key workers, such as teachers and nurses.
People the city should be embracing are being forced to leave the place they love because they simply can’t afford to buy or rent here.
That’s why opposition Liberal Democrats have put forward new plans to build more homes people can afford, including much-needed social housing.
Chris White, leader of the Lib Dem group on St Albans District Council, told us: “The council must become a developer in its own right – it’s the only way it can build the volume of social housing needed to retain our youngsters and keep families together.
“We understand there has to be new greenfield development, but it’s essential that plans are in place from the start to provide new schools, highways and NHS services – not after the houses are going up, which is much too late.”
Conservative leaders have failed to take action for many years now. But a Lib Dem council would deliver on this right away.