Spalding Western Relief Road: 'My life is a living hell'
A former school psychologist dreads cold winter nights sleeping in her car after losing her dream home to Spalding Western Relief Road.
The 62-year-old, who asked not to be named, claims she is no nearer reaching a settlement with South Holland District Council despite the council saying “terms have been agreed”.
It’s almost a year since she found a bombshell note stuck on her door in Spalding Road, Pinchbeck, saying the site was wanted for the road.
Meanwhile residents of Spalding’s Bourne Road - who have lived in limbo since February - were due to find out on Mondayevening if their homes are still in line to be bulldozed to make way for the road’s middle section.
The psychologist says she is trying to get what was originally promised by the council, a like for like property, one matching the carbon neutral credentials of the house she was renovating, and to have out of pocket expenses paid.
She describes her life as “a living hell” and says: “I feel like I have had the life sucked out of me.”
She has sofa surfed since March - and lived in her car - and dreads the onset of cold winter nights because she is ill with fibromyalgia and ME, and has just suffered a collapse due to a low red blood cell count.
She says the council told her not to complete renovation work at her property, although she had already paid for the materials and given notice to quit her London flat before the council said the site was wanted.
The woman says council actions made her homeless - because her house wasn’t completed and is unfit to live in - and this also meant she didn’t have a base for work.
She says up to the end of August her out of pocket expenses totalled more than £79,000, including loss of earnings and fees to house her many pets, including six cats.
The woman has complained to the Information Commissioner because she isn’t happy with the outcome of her freedom of information request made to the council and is preparing to go to the Local Government Ombudsman.
A district council spokesperson said: “Terms have been agreed and we are working closely with her to get this matter resolved in the quickest way possible.
“The offer of on-going support has been ever-present throughout the negotiations and we very much hope the compensation package that reflects her circumstances will be accepted in the interests of all parties.”
* Among the Bourne Road residents who have lived in fear of the bulldozers are Catherine and Frank Roberts.
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