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Hands off our homes plea

PUBLISHED: 15:25 09 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:11 12 August 2010

PROTEST: Paul Antoniou, Davina Misroch and Chris Borrow.

PROTEST: Paul Antoniou, Davina Misroch and Chris Borrow.

FRIGHTENED residents, some aged in their 90s, are terrified that a council is going to force them out of their homes. Houses belonging to people living in Elthelbert Close, Bromley, are under threat from Compulsory Purchase Orders as their properties ar

FRIGHTENED residents, some aged in their 90s, are terrified that a council is going to force them out of their homes.

Houses belonging to people living in Elthelbert Close, Bromley, are under threat from Compulsory Purchase Orders as their properties are part of Site G in the Bromley Area Action Plan (AAP), a document which outlines proposals for major changes to the town centre over the next 15 years.

But residents are pleading with the council to remove their 'tranquil' road from the AAP instead of bulldozing it to make way for a pathway which would lead to the shops near The Churchill theatre.

Resident Davina Misroch, 55, believes there is no justification for including the cul-de-sac in the plans.

She said: "I looked for five-and-a-half years to find a place like this and I believed when I bought it I would be staying here for the rest of my life. It's madness.

"Some of the elderly residents have lived here for 50 or 60 years, can you imagine what it will do to them to move? It will kill them. They are frightened that they will have to move in to a home.

"It's a huge worry - it's like a grey cloud hanging over us all. I'm afraid to do anything to the house because I might end up losing money. There are plenty of other options to build elsewhere in the borough.

"This is a lovely road, it is like a little microcosm - there are people of all different ages, cultures and creeds and we all support each other. It is tranquil and safe."

Bromley council is now considering responses from people who replied to the consultation. They will then be submitted to the Secretary of State who will examine the legality of the plans.

Retired data processing manager Mike Short, of Woldham Road, Bromley, is also concerned about the proposals for Ethelbert Close, despite not living there.

He said: "It is counter productive to demolish Ethelbert Close. It's not all that clear why it has been included in the plans but it may be to use part of the land that it is built on for the new town square proposed for in front of The Churchill. But nobody wants to sit there because it is a wind tunnel and not very friendly.

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