Brit man buys PS30k water tower that can only be accessed by helicopter!October 21st, 2008 - 6:38 pm ICT by ANI
London, Oct 21 (ANI): A man had paid a whopping 30,000 pounds for a water tower that he wished to convert into a “modern and funky pad” to share with his girlfriend, only to find he could reach there by helicopter or plane.
First time buyer Ashley Parsons has been told that driving or walking to the disused Ministry of Defence water tower could actually land him in prison, for his future love nest stands on private land.
The company that bought the land around the water tower refused to grant him with retrospective access rights because the directors do not want the tower to be redeveloped.
“It’’s a horrible feeling but it won”t stop me and I”m glad I went ahead with the purchase, The Telegraph quoted Parsons, as saying.
He added: “The nearest public road to my house is 100 yards away but even though there is a connecting path I am not legally allowed to walk on it.
“A loophole in the deeds means there is a right of way for construction work. So while I”m refitting the tower it’’s fine, but after I have finished I could be prosecuted for walking there.
“The only way I could access my home legally then would be to jump out of a helicopter or plane and land on the top of the tower every morning and night. But this pathetic decision won”t stop me from living in my own home. I”m not going to just walk away quietly.”
Parsons, an electrician, grabbed the 60-year-old, 150ft tower on RAF Locking, near Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, last month, and planned to build a home with an open-plan gym, lounge, and master bedroom for him and his girlfriend Sasha Wareham, 21.
Though he applied for retrospective planning permission to allow it to be developed, but was turned down by the former base’’s residents” management committee, Annington Properties.
A spokesman said: “The directors of the management company have decided that it will not agree to vary the existing legal arrangements that restricts access to the water tower.” (ANI)
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