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Bypass row homeowner reluctantly agrees to sale

 
Created on 14/02/2018 @ 13:43
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A two-and-a-half-year battle between a Newtown family and the Welsh Government over the town’s bypass has finally ended, it is reported.

Robert Roberts had been in a battle with the Welsh Government over the valuation of his home on Pool Road following the announcement of the bypass route and the subsequent start of work on it.

His home is alongside the main route and where the roundabout on the northern side has been built.

He claimed his home had been severely under-valued and he was losing £100,000 if he accepted the sale.

Ever since, he has campaigned, along with support from others, against the government valuation and has refused to move.

But, today it is reported he and the government have come to an agreement before Christmas, when he moved out, although he claims he is £80,000 to £100,000 worse off still.

He says if he hadn’t agreed to the sale he would have gone bankrupt.

The saga has involved signs being placed at the entrance to the lane reaching his property and at one point police were called in over a “peaceful protest.”

Photo: Mr Roberts near his home where work on the bypass began (photo courtesy Roberts family Facebook campaign page)

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