Why won't millionaire '˜Scrooge' help Milton Keynes' homeless?
A multi-millionaire who owns the Shard has been branded a Scrooge for refusing to part with an empty MK office building that would house SIXTY homeless families.
The council approached agents for tycoon Irwin Sellar to see if his company would sell or lease them the old Cable and Wireless building in Bletchley.
The massive five-storey premises could be converted into flats for dozens of families and leave room for a homeless drop-in centre.
But a council source said the agents were “not helpful”.
Currently homelessness is reaching a record high in MK, with six or seven families a DAY finding themselves with nowhere to live.
This means more than 1,000 MK children will spend Christmas in hotels, B&Bs or temporary accommodation.
Social care councillor Nigel Long said: “This is a dreadful position to be in running up to Christmas. The Cable and Wireless building could solve much of our homelessness problem.
“But it seems they would rather leave it empty.”
Irvine Stellar runs the Stellar Property Group, which shares ownership of London’s Shard with the State of Qatar.
The Citizen contacted Mr Sellar through his top London PR company Baron Phillips Associates to ask why MK council could not buy or lease the Bletchley premises. But after three days they failed to provide an answer.