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Shall I stay or shall I go?

Here we are in soggy Tunbridge Wells, in a house we hate, but still we can't quite make the decision to leave. This is the story of why we are in this position, and hopefully how eventually we'll change life for the better. Maybe it will ring a few bells with some of you!

Never believe an estate agent.
Friday, February 17, 2023 @ 2:47 PM

So, we've been residents here a couple of months now, still 'bedding in', but okay. We're new residents but we've owned this house for about 5 years, and a flat before that for about 12 years.

The brief we gave our estate agent when we were looking was that we wanted a detached place, with our own pool, and we wanted something a bit tatty, no right angles and grey decor. You get the point?

Well, our estate agent, who had sold our flat knew us quite well and showed us this place, and the minute we saw it, we knew it was 'us'.

One of the main selling points, despite the fact that it's on a steep incline and was cracked inside and out with a skew wiff pool, was that the plot next door which was abandoned, was 'too small to be developed'.

Our neighbour was also sold her house on this promise by a different agent.

You know where this is going, don't you?

Three weeks into our big move here we awoke to the sound of big machinery, knocking down all the trees that gave us privacy from the (thankfully very quiet) road.

At present here on the Costa del Sol there are a number of big companies, obviously unaware of the big crash in the late 2000's who have been trying to cover every square centimetre of land with rectangular piles of bricks, and making up silly prices for the gullible to fork out based on a computer image.

One such company, has littered the other side of the road with about 8 identical boxes, luckily not in view from our property, and they had its sights on our piece of peace and quiet.

So, three weeks in the privacy has gone, the land is clearly not too small for development, and now..... one week after this devastation, the company who knocked all the trees flat has gone bust and the directors have done a moonlight flit!!

Honestly! They could have waited a week!!!

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PablodeRonda said:
Friday, February 17, 2023 @ 4:20 PM

You couldn't make it up, could you?

Main thing is, don't get disillusioned. When we moved to our current home 12 years ago the first thing we learned was that they were proposing to build a high-speed rail line through our valley and through our field adjacent to the house.

We got together with neighbours in the whole area, organised a campaign, hired a lawyer and fought it off.
Now, it hasn't been mentioned for years.

Out of interest which council do you come under?

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