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Elderly Newby Bridge residents saved from eviction

Tim Farron MP and local residents at the Railways Cottages in Newby Bridge

Local MP Tim Farron has today celebrated the news that residents at the Railway Cottages in Newby Bridge have been saved from eviction.

About a year ago, Lake District Estates decided that they were going to sell six residential properties in order to turn them into holiday cottages.

Having been told that they were going to be made homeless, the residents contacted Tim.

After months of discussions led by Tim, South Lakes Housing have agreed to buy the properties and this week were given a £282,000 grant from South Lakeland District Council to help fund the purchase.

Joe Crabtree, one of the residents said: “When we got that awful letter saying we’re going to sell your houses that was the worst day of our lives.

“Thanks to Tim’s hard work, South Lakes Housing is our new landlord and we can finally sleep at night now.

“It’s relieved each and every one of us that Tim has done the job – we can’t thank him enough.”

Tim said: “I’m absolutely over the moon.

“I want to say a massive thank you to South Lakes Housing for agreeing to buy these homes, and to SLDC for helping to fund it, so that these residents are able to continue to have a roof over their heads.

“I can’t even begin to imagine what the residents have been through over the past 12 months but I’m so glad we got there in the end.”

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