Tenants fury over shanty town slur

FURIOUS tenants of a Suffolk mobile home park today hit out at claims they are living in a "shanty town".New owners of the Blueleighs Mobile Home Park, off Chalk Mill Lane, Great Blakenham, want to spend up to £1.

FURIOUS tenants of a Suffolk mobile home park today hit out at claims they are living in a "shanty town".

New owners of the Blueleighs Mobile Home Park, off Chalk Mill Lane, Great Blakenham, want to spend up to £1.2million on improving the area.

And their plans include serving notice on tenants of "substandard" accommodation to leave.

Alfred Best, director of Wyldecrest Properties, who purchased the park last month, has branded parts of the site a "shanty town".


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But people living on the park are unhappy with the way Mr Best is going about asking them to leave.

Ruth Howes, 54, who has lived on the park with her husband for four years, said: "When Mr Best called this park a shanty town I was absolutely shocked. If he had been on the park at the time I think I would've slapped him.

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"We're proud of our home and it's just wrong. I don't know why he's being so aggressive and nasty to everybody. I think he could work with us a lot more."

Mrs Howes, who works as an office manager in Claydon, claims she would have to spend £45,000 to buy a new home and a further £60,000 to buy back her slab. This is in addition to paying rent on her plot.

She said: "Many people here would be prepared to do up their homes to make the site look smarter, but we're not being given the chance.

"Mr Best does not see these as our homes - just as a business proposition to make money."

Another resident, who declined to be named, added: "I'm appalled and extremely angry by Mr Bests' arrogance.

"He seems to have no regard whatsoever that he is intending to evict people from their homes."

The woman added she fears she could become homeless if evicted, with no prospect of being re-housed by the council or being able to buy a new home.

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