Spalding Western Relief Road: "settlement" over house to be demolished but owner pursues complaints
The owner of a house due to be demolished to make way for Spalding Western Relief Road says she has come to a financial settlement with South Holland District Council.
The former school psychologist and therapist hasn’t revealed the sum agreed but says it didn’t cover her expenses for making the house carbon neutral.
She said: “It covered basically the price of the house and the solicitor’s fees.”
The woman has found another property, although she says “it’s not ready to move into”.
She is unhappy with the council’s handling of her case and is complaining to the Local Government Ombudsman, The Information Commissioner, the Law Society and HMRC Land Registry.
The woman, who has asked not to be named, found a note on her house door in Spalding Road, Pinchbeck, in November 2018 saying her property was wanted for the relief road.
The house next door was also listed for demolition.
By the time the psychologist saw the note, she had already given notice on her London flat and says - because the council told her not to complete works to her Pinchbeck property - she was left sofa surfing and sleeping in her car.
The psychologist suffers from ME and fibromyalgia and says the stress over the loss of her house and the council’s handling of her case have made her health deteriorate.
“I have just got worse and worse,” she said. “I have fallen over I don’t know how many times. I have smashed a tooth because I passed out and hit my head and face. I am just so weak.”
The psychologist has expressed her delight that nine homes on Bourne Road, Spalding, have been saved from the bulldozers following the county council’s decision to change the route of the middle section of Spalding Western Relief Road.
A South Holland District Council spokesperson said: “We are satisfied with how we have dealt with the individual which we believe was fair, transparent and reflective of the circumstances.
“We now consider the matter closed.”
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