Gail Roberts, a 64-year-old woman battling multiple sclerosis, finds herself in a unique position as the sole resident remaining on a street that’s slated for demolition in a £250 million road renovation project.
For a decade now, Gail Roberts has been locked in a legal and emotional struggle with National Highways, the organization responsible for the roadworks.
Her residence, nestled beside Markeaton Island in Derby, has been at the center of this dispute.
The Unfulfilled Promise
The initial plans for revamping the A38, including the removal of her street, date back to the 1990s. It wasn’t until 2013 that the first phase of the extensive road renovation plan began, with a £4 million project to widen the road.
Legal Battles and Environmental Hurdles
In 2019, the UK government authorized National Highways to legally acquire residents’ homes to move the project forward.
This included compensating homeowners with market value plus a 10% bonus. Unfortunately, the project faced delays when an environmental group challenged it in court over carbon emissions.
The Personal Struggles
During this tumultuous period, Gail Roberts had to confront her own health issues, as she experienced a relapse of multiple sclerosis earlier this year.
This prompted her to reconsider an offer from National Highways.
The Unending Search
In the last five years, Gail Roberts has attended 92 house viewings in search of a new home that meets her disability requirements and is within her budget.
Despite numerous attempts, she’s faced stiff competition from other buyers, often outbid.
A Difficult Decision
Considering her health and the challenges of finding a suitable home, Gail Roberts reluctantly accepted an offer from National Highways.
However, her quest to secure a new residence remains elusive.
For now, Gail Roberts remains steadfast in her home, the last one standing.
National Highways acknowledges the stress of moving and emphasizes their commitment to handling property purchases fairly and transparently.
The Road Ahead
National Highways assures ongoing discussions with Gail Roberts and her representatives, maintaining their offer to cover her reasonable fees for obtaining professional advice in accordance with the compensation code.
The fate of her home and the road renovation project remains in the balance.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn