Village residents are battling to save their garages from demolition after a regional housing group served eviction notices.
Progress Housing has informed home owners in Meadow Park, Staining, it is ending all hard-standing tenancies.
This move will affect the community as a whole. Around 3,000 cars a day pass through the villageKay Kreegan
Villagers – including one resident who has owned a garage for close to 50 years – have now been told they have until September 1 to empty and remove the garages.
Progress Housing said only six of 14 plots were occupied as of March and it was no longer financially viable to keep the units. The notice to quit only applies to the hard-standing area.
Kay Kreegan, of Meadow Park, said residents had been left shocked by the move.
She added: “The last correspondence was they (Progress Housing) were going to maintain the hard-standing area.
“This move will affect the community as a whole. Around 3,000 cars a day pass through the village.
“Where will residents be able to park their cars now? It is busy enough as it is. People will have to park on surrounding streets, increasing the problem.”
Residents last week met with Staining Parish Council to discuss the issue.
It was suggested the land be turned into an asset of community value to postpone the demolition, with Staining Coun John Singleton saying he would write to Progress Housing to suspend the move.
He added: “The treatment received by this management is shabby and falls below any customer service levels I have known. There is just no care for people. It would appear land now is far more important than humanity. What a world we live in.”
In a letter to residents, Carina Lynch, housing assistant at Progress Housing, said residents would be put on waiting lists to move to other sites.
She added: “While we appreciate that this may be of an inconvenience to our tenants unfortunately we do not have any other sites in the area to move tenants to.
“I have enclosed a waiting list application which details other sites we have and where plots are available we will prioritise any tenant from Meadow Park who wishes to move to a different site.”