Bloke last man standing on ‘Britain’s loneliest street’ but refuses to sell up

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A man who is apparently the last man standing on 'Britain's loneliest street' is refusing to sell up despite having no one to talk to.

Nick Wisniewski, 66, says Stanhope Place in Wishaw in North Lanarkshire, Scotland has become a "ghost town" after the last 200 residents moved out in December.

But even with the announcement of eight blocks of flats and other homes being scheduled for demolition, Nick has remained firm with his decision to stay put.

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The retired TSB bank worker said the area has been let go by the council as it remains abandoned with boarded-up properties.

He says authorities have offered him £35,000 plus two years' rent somewhere else if he relocates so they can redevelop the area.

Nick claims North Lanarkshire Council's offer would not be enough to buy somewhere else.

He added that he is not in a position 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 being the only person living here. I’m used to it now, but it can get lonely, there is no one to speak to."

Nick bought his flat in 2017 under the Right to Buy scheme which helped council tenants buy their homes at a discounted price.

Council chiefs offered Nick alternative accommodation in a terraced house for two years rent free which he turned down.

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Nick, who retired last year, said: “When people left they just dumped old cookers, mattresses, washing machine outside, it was a mess.

“The council just left the flats lying empty after people moved out.

“There is no security and people could get into the empty flats and lots of windows have been broken.

“The grass is badly overgrown, it’s ridiculous."

He added: “I think the council are leaving it unkept to annoy me or in the hope I get fed up and leave.

“But I am not prepared to start paying rent again and £35,000 is not enough to buy somewhere new.

“You’re talking £80,000 to £100,000 to get somewhere new.

“I didn’t work all my life to have my home taken from me when I am too old to get a mortgage on something else."

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 receives a fair deal and to support him so that he finds suitable alternative accommodation.”

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