Tagged: North York Moors

Mother discovers she’s being evicted from home of 14 years during supermarket chat

Hundreds have signed a petition in support of an artist who first heard she was being evicted from her home during a supermarket chat.

Kim Tillyer has rented her two two-bedroom North York Moors cottage, near Osmotherley, from the Snilesworth Estate for 14 years.

But the mother-of-two only learned of the eviction when she bumped into an acquaintance in the supermarket who mentioned she had heard she was moving.

She contacted the land agent, who manages the cottage on behalf of the Snilesworth Estate trustees, who confirmed she was indeed being evicted and was being served notice to quit.

More than 700 people have already signed an online petition urging the estate to think again.

Ms Tillyer, who has always paid her rent promptly and has spent years creating a beautiful garden, said:

I was really on the point of collapse when I found out.

“It’s just so upsetting. I was on good terms with the trustees of the house. I went up to the lodge with a jar of jam and literally begged; ‘please don’t make me homeless’.”

The artist moved into the cottage in 2000 with her son and daughter, now aged 19 and 22.

She writes a popular blog detailing life on the moors, ‘Witchmountain’, which has many world-wide followers.

“Emotionally my tie to the moors is massive,” she said.

I’ve made virtual friends from all over the world with my blog. Every plant in the garden has a sentimental story behind it. There’s two chestnut trees I planted with my children when we moved up here. It’s just home.”

Property agents Carter Jonas, who manage the tenancy for the Snilesworth Estate, said neither they or the trustees wished to comment.

The eviction comes just over a year since a number of tenants on the former estate of Sir Lawrie Barratt in Farndale, also on the North York Moors, found they were being evicted by the two sons of the late Barratt Homes magnate. Peter and David Barratt sold their cottages to pay the inheritance tax on their late father’s £48million estate.

Housing charity Shelter says it reflected a national problem with lack of security for many tenants in rented homes.

Director of policy, Roger Harding, said:
“More people have no option but to rent. Unfortunately, renting is not only expensive but offers little security, with most landlords offering short-term lets and able to evict tenants at any time.”
> It’s how Britain is being redesigned – low pay, little security, keep everybody living in fear of losing the little they have.  Then blame them for everything.
Source –  Northern Echo,  09 Oct 2014

Great – yet another millionaire Tory MP in the wings

> The Tories obviously see no reason to break the mould. Yorkshire prospective MP is millionaire  estate agent.

A self-made millionaire estate agent has been selected as the Conservative candidate for one of the safest Tory seats in the country.

Kevin Hollinrake, a married father-of-four who is managing director of North Yorkshire-based Hunters, the UK’s fastest-growing independent estate agency network, emerged late last night as the prospective parliamentary candidate for Thirsk and Malton.

He secured more than 50 per cent of the vote, following a tense series of votes by members of Thirsk and Malton Conservative Association at York Racecourse.

It is understood many members of the association said they admired Mr Hollinrake’s political conviction.

Last October, Mr Hollinrake was reported as having reacted frostily to George Osborne’s autumn budget.

A national newspaper quoted him as saying: “The chancellor must be aware that by introducing capital gains tax on foreign-owned properties in the UK, it may risk deterring important foreign investment into the London and the UK housing markets.”

> So I think we can guess where he’s coming from…

The candidates, who included Stockton Borough councillor for Yarm Ben Houchen, Rutland councillor Christine Emmett and East Riding councillor Victoria Aitken, were all given 30 minutes to stake their claim for the candidacy, which included facing a grilling from the association’s members.

 Political commentators said whoever was selected by the association was likely to become the constituency’s next MP.

The vote follows the sitting MP Anne McIntosh being deselected earlier this year by the association after a long-running feud with its leading members, who had repeatedly tried to oust her.

Association sources said following the battle, during which claims of elitism and sexism damaged its reputation, they determined to find a candidate who had no link with the row.

Miss McIntosh won the seat with an 11,821 majority at the last election.

Previous incumbents of the seat, which stretches from Filey, across the North York Moors, to villages near Northallerton, have all been Conservative.

TV presenter Selina Scott said she had been urged to stand for the seat, and had decided not to challenge to be the Conservative candidate or run as an independent, but may consider other constituencies.

Ahead of the meeting Miss McIntosh said: “I shall continue to represent the people of Thirsk, Malton and Filey with the utmost energy and enthusiasm, being the only woman Conservative MP for the Yorkshire and Humber region, I am extremely proud to do so.”

Source – Northern Echo, 25 July 2014