Cornwall council is taking a young family to court this week to throw them out of the sustainable home they’ve built on their own land.
The expensive legal action will be funded by your council tax.
The local authority intends to prosecute Daniel and Lora Newman, who both grew up in the Duchy and now live together with their two sons, on August 9th 2013.
The family’s crime is that they all live on land they bought on the edge of Carharrack, in a ‘green’ sustainable home.
The council have ordered them off with an enforcement notice. They’re refusing to move.
Pal Meleri Pascoe explained: “The Newmans have lived on their land for over 4 years. They manage it sustainably, and are working towards self sufficiency.
“They are on the edge of the village, in an old mining area, yet their permission to build a sustainable home has been denied as they are apparently in open countryside.
“They have worked hard on making their land productive, and are an established part of the local community, their eldest son is enrolled at the local school and is due to start in September.
“Yet Cornwall Council are threatening to make the family, including their 2 young sons homeless.”
Daniel and Lora told CCN: “We are striving to be self-sufficient and to live in a sustainable way in harmony with our surroundings and our local community.
“We have got strong support from our neighbours and would appreciate it if as many people as possible could also show that they too believe we should be allowed to live on our land by signing our petition or writing letters of support.
“Without our land we will be homeless.”
We put in questions to Cornwall council; chiefly ‘Why are you evicting Daniel and Lora Newman?’, and ‘How much is the prosecution costing?’ at the time of going to press. We’ll update with their answer immediately.
You can sign a petition to support Daniel and Lora HERE.