‘Pay up and clear out as garages have to go’

Derek Shields, David Speer, Joyce Shields, Mary and Shaun O'Donoghue have four weeks to empty their garages out before they are demolished by South Holland District Council.  Photo (TIM WILSON):  SG030715-114TW.
Derek Shields, David Speer, Joyce Shields, Mary and Shaun O'Donoghue have four weeks to empty their garages out before they are demolished by South Holland District Council. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG030715-114TW.
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Elderly people in Deeping St Nicholas have been told to empty their garages ready for demolition - just a month after paying a year’s rent on them.

Residents in Chappell Road were sent Notice to Quit letters by South Holland District Council in the past week so it can install a new sewerage pipeline.

But the group, many of them aged between 65 and 85, have hit out at the lack of notice given to them.

David Shields (81) said: “The very first time anyone knew anything about it was when the letter from the council came through the door last Saturday.

“It was a bit of a shock and, at first, I thought someone was off their rocker.

“A month earlier, the council collected all the rents for the garages of £50 a year.

“Now they’re telling us that they’re going to knock the garages down and that we should take all our stuff out.”

Mary O’Donoghue (79) added: “It’s a big surprise to us that this is happening and the whole neighbourhood is in shock.”

A council spokesman said: ““We have started preparatory work to install a pump chamber in the area as the existing sewerage system is often unable to cope during heavy rainfall, leading to drainage problems for residents.

“Some of the garages are located where a new pipe needs to be installed as part of this work and, in these circumstances, a four-week notice to quit is served on affected tenants.

“As part of the tenancy agreements the tenants are required to remove the garages.

“However, we are reviewing the situation and may undertake this work ourselves after consulting with residents.”