Wisbech councillor steps in to help fix the problem of a March house that looks like it has been put up by “seasick builders”

Georgia Walsh at her Acacia grove property.Picture: Steve Williams.

Georgia Walsh at her Acacia grove property.Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

A Wisbech councillor has stepped in to fix a March problem for a woman who is getting increasingly frustrated living next door to a house that looks like “the builders are seasick.”

Acacia Grove building, March.Picture: Steve Williams.

Acacia Grove building, March.Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Roman Bank and Peckover county councillor Alan Lay called the situation “disgraceful” and said he is helping after the woman felt nobody local was interested in resolving the situation.

He said; “She has got nowhere fast. I have asked planning officers to get in touch with building control and I’ve asked for an appointment with building control.

“I want the house pulled down, it’s disgraceful.

“Nobody is taking any notice. It probably is safe but it’s shoddy building work,” he said.

Acacia Grove building, March.Picture: Steve Williams.

Acacia Grove building, March.Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant


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Cllr Lay said he got involved after canvassing in the town when he ran as a candidate for a seat in March East.

He was fourth out of 10 hopefuls with 878 votes. The seats went to John Clark, Fred Yeulett and Andrew Pugh.

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Georgia Walsh lives next to the home in Acacia Grove that one neighbour said looks like “the builders have just got off a ship because the courses are so uneven they must be sea sick.”

Factory worker Ms Walsh has rented her home for eight years but says since the house next door has gone up the light has been cut by 50 per cent.

Acacia Grove building, March.Picture: Steve Williams.

Acacia Grove building, March.Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

She said: “I planned to live here for a very long time but now this has happened I just want to move out, at my age I really don’t need it.”

The house hit headlines in recent weeks after neighbours spoke of how it needed building inspectors to check out the quality of the build.

Rob Bridge, corporate director and chief finance officer at Fenland District Council, explained to Ms Walsh that it was “the correct decision to approve the application”.

He said: “I consider that officers have given this matter appropriate consultation and I can only advise that should you wish to pursue the matter further then I refer you to the Local Government Ombudsman.”

Cllr Alan Lay

Cllr Alan Lay - Credit: Archant

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