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Man given deadline to quit his home

PUBLISHED: 10:56 16 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:31 03 March 2010

A DEADLINE has been set for a former council gardener to move out of his home in Grove Lane, Ipswich.

A DEADLINE has been set for a former council gardener to move out of his home in Grove Lane, Ipswich.

Council chiefs have given Andrew Coleman until 11am on September 24 to move out of his home before bailiffs came to evict him.

However, the father-of-two said he would not leave the premises until Ipswich Borough Council had found him more suitable alternative accommodation.

He has been offered a flat on Maidenhall Approach in the town, but he said there was not enough room in the back garden of the premises to house his five dogs, and he fears they will be spilt up unless another property is found.

Mr Coleman worked as a gardener for Ipswich Borough Council for 22 years at Alexandra Park. He left his job in 1995, at which time the council claimed his right to live in Alexandra Park Lodge, in Grove Lane, came to an end.

He took legal action, but earlier this year an Appeal Court judge threw out his application to buy the property from the borough council.

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