“I’m a prisoner in my own home” claims Coningsby pensioner

A Coningsby resident has claimed he is a prisoner in his own home following a dispute with Chestnut Homes. EMN-150127-083232001
A Coningsby resident has claimed he is a prisoner in his own home following a dispute with Chestnut Homes. EMN-150127-083232001

A disabled ex-soldier from Coningsby says he is the victim of a vendetta which has left him a prisoner in his own home.

The man, who has asked not to be named to protect his family, is at the centre of a dispute with a company involved in building new homes in Coningsby.

He says Chestnut Homes have made his life a misery - because he has opposed their on-going development at Kings Manor.

He claims workmen have deliberately driven vehicles at him and that he has been subject of verbal threats and intimidation.

He says the sustained campaign has made him ill and means he is considering quitting his home.

However, he is adamant he will not back down.

The News has seen the copy of a letter from Chestnut Homes’ managing director David Newton warning the man that if he enters any of the company’s land, they will report him to the police for trespass.

In the letter, Mr Newton says he is protecting the company’s staff and contractors - and ensuring they can pursue their trade of work without fear of harassment or interruptions.

Mr Newton confirmed the warning was in place when he spoke to the News.

He described the man as a “nightmare” and claimed he had conducted a “vindictive campaign” against the company’s staff and contractors.

He said the man had verbally abused female office staff and admitted the company had been forced to employ security officers at the recent opening of a showhome - because of threats of a demonstration.

Mr Newton also confirmed East Lindsey District Council and the police were involved.

He said the man was “a menace.”

Mr Newton claimed the dispute had started when the company refused to pay for a drive outside the man’s home.

He denied the man was a “prisoner in his own home” and said he could still access his property.

He added: “We didn’t want to do this but we’ve been left with no alternative.”

The man denied he had committed any offence and said he had campaigned against the development because it was spoiling Coningsby and turning his own street into a rat run.

He added: “I know I have ‘pressed a few buttons’ but I have never over-stepped the mark. I haven’t done anything wrong. These companies think they can bully and threaten people. It makes me wonder why I fought for this country. I’m standing up for what I think is right.”

The man was backed by a friend and fellow campaigner Mick Lindop who said: “It is a disgrace. He’s standing up for people round here. He’s faced bully boy tactics. It’s a vendetta.”

Police confirmed they had called at the man’s home, apparently after complaints by East Lindsey District Council.

They said they spoke to the man but did not take any further action because any dispute was a civil matter.

The man told the News he was “gob smacked” when police appeared at his door. He also said the fact ELDC had refused to reveal the content of the complaint was a breach of his human rights.

ELDC had not made any comment when the News went to press.

Local county councillor Colin Mair said he had tried to help the man. He added: “It is sad it has come to this.”