A retired bank worker is the last person living in ‘Britain’s loneliest street’, which is all set to be knocked down – but he refuses to move.
Nick Wisniewski, 66, has no neighbors living next door to him in 128 apartments after the last of about 200 residents moved out in December.
The eight blocks of flats and other housing at Stanhope Place are all slated for demolition.
But Nick refuses to leave – despite the council’s attempts to buy him out.
Nick says council officials have offered him £35,000 plus two years’ rent elsewhere if he moves.
They want to flatten Stanhope Place, in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, and redevelop the area – but he refuses to go.
He said the eight-block area used to buzz with 200 people.
But it is now abandoned and overgrown with empty properties lined up.
Nick claims that North Lanarkshire Council’s offer would not be enough to buy another site.
Retired TSB bank worker Nick said he is unable to buy anywhere else and is too old to get a mortgage.
Nick said: “The last person left in December, it’s like a ghost town now.
“It’s so quiet and strange to be the only person living here.
“I’m used to it now, but it can get lonely, there’s no one to talk to.
“There are eight blocks each with 16 flats in them – there used to be about 200 people here and you would struggle to get a parking space.
“Now I’m the only one left.”
Nick bought his flat in 2017 under the Right to Buy scheme which helped council tenants buy their homes at a discounted price.
Council bosses offered Nick alternative accommodation in a terraced house for two years for free, which he turned down.
He said he’s worried about not knowing where he’ll end up living — but he doesn’t want to leave his home.
Nick, who retired last year, said: “When people left they just dumped old cookers, mattresses, washing machines outside, it was a mess.
– The municipality left the apartments empty after people moved out.
“There is no security and people can enter the empty flats and many windows have been broken.
“Fortunately, I haven’t had any problems.
“The grass is very overgrown, it’s ridiculous.
“I think the council is leaving it open to annoy me or in the hope that I will get fed up and leave.
“They offered me £35,000 for my flat and two years’ free rent elsewhere.
“But I’m not prepared to start paying rent again and £35,000 isn’t enough to buy a new place.
“You’re talking £80,000 to £100,000 to get to a new place.
“I’m worried that I don’t know where I’ll end up living.
“I haven’t worked all my life to have my home taken away from me when I’m too old to take out a mortgage on anything else.
“It would be so hard to leave my home.”
A spokesperson for North Lanarkshire Council said: “We fully understand this is a sensitive issue and are working closely with the resident.
“It would not be appropriate to discuss the specific financial details, but we are working in accordance with our policies to ensure the resident gets a fair deal and to support him to find suitable alternative accommodation.”