The 50-year-old family home will be demolished to make room for a new bike path.
The home of Lesley Austin, owned by the world on Carmel Road North in Darlington, Durham County, has had three different generations.
However, it is expected to be destroyed if Darlington County Council approves plans to renovate the A68 in the nearby Cockerton area.
The family recounted their horror after learning that their nearly half-century-old home would be demolished to make way for a new bike path
Ms Austin, 47, said her husband Richie, 52, and two children realized their home would be demolished when he disappeared from the artist’s impressions of the world’s plans published this week.
The thought of losing a home “takes a big toll” on the family, but defiant residents have vowed to “fight tooth and nail” to keep it.
“I really don’t understand why demolishing a house and changing the road will change anything,” Ms. Austin said.
“I am not moving here of my own free will. This is a big, weird old house and I’m going to have to get rid of things that mean a lot to me.
“I don’t want to lose it and I’m going to fight tooth and nail to keep it, but I think it’s already accepted and they’re just waiting for funds.”
Ms Austin said neighbors had heard rumors of the plans for about two years, but she was still shocked when the council began to think and issued its controversial proposal.
She said: “It was hard when a friend sent me a screenshot of the artist’s impression. It really upset me because we saw the house on the corner for the first time. ‘
The municipal-owned house on Carmel Road North in Darlington, Durham County, has been part of the Lesley Austin family for 49 years.
It will be demolished if Darlington County Council approves plans to renovate the A68 in the nearby Cockerton area.
Plans would include renovating existing mini-roundabouts on the A68 in Cockerton and at the west end of Woodland Road, and the nearby roundabout connecting Woodland Road with Carmel Road North and Staindrop Road.
But the Austin family says a road renovation is not necessary.
“We never have traffic jams unless there is an accident. We are now deliberately standing in the garden to watch it and it is flowing, ”said Ms. Austin.
‘There is no need for that and everyone is of the same opinion: nothing will change.
“The real problem is West Auckland Road. I have lived here long enough now to know when the accident is on the highway because the traffic is changing. ‘
Ms. Austin, a private health care provider, said the convenient location at home means she can walk to work in minutes – but that would stop her if she had to leave.
She added: “The world is trying to send us to the other end of town with the houses they have offered.
“We could have left this property years ago, but we decided to live in the area.
For me, it’s close to work, close to the roads.
‘I don’t want to move out of the area. Children struggle with not knowing about the future.
The plans would be to renovate the existing mini roundabouts on the A68 in Cockerton
“It is and in many ways strongly affects all four.”
For now, the family is preparing for the day when the bad news comes.
“I’m completely closed and ready to move,” Ms. Austin said. ‘I had to leave home. It is no longer a home, but a house. ‘
The Darlington Council said the Austin family was offered a number of “suitable” alternative homes around the world.
Councilor Andy Keir, a member of the local services cabinet, said: “While these proposals are at an early stage, we have already had a number of meetings and discussions with the tenant of the municipal property.
“The decision to demolish a residential building is never taken easily, but due to the limited space available in the area, this will be urgently needed on this occasion if the proposed projects are implemented.
“We are aware that the tenant is required to leave his long-term home, but a number of suitable alternatives have been offered – discussions that have progressed positively at first.
“We are committed to working with the tenant in a positive way. The wider public consultation is open until 11 February and I would encourage anyone who would like to send an email to [email protected] ‘